Eye On… the U.S. – ‘Muslims Are Not the Enemies, But the Prize’

“On paper, David Nasser isn’t someone who should be sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, let alone a vice president at Liberty University.

As a child, Nasser moved from his native Iran to the United States with his culturally Muslim family during the Iranian revolution.

Several years later, his parents became owners of a restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama. Members of a local church were patrons of the restaurant, and noticed that Nasser’s father was running low on staff. They rolled up their sleeves and began waiting tables.

One of those church members, who happened to be the worship leader at the church, brought Nasser’s father to choir practice. He explained that the Iranian restaurateur needed help and boldly explained that whoever was in choir would be required to sign up for shifts at his restaurant.

This was part of a series of events that led the entire Nasser family to the Lord.

It’s also an example of what Nasser believes is necessary to reach Islamic followers for Christ.

“When we say ‘reaching someone,’ they are imaginary people until we get out of our circles,” he explained. “But once you look outside of that bubble you might find you have a Muslim friend at work, or a Pakistani family that has moved into your neighborhood. And that’s what the people from that Baptist church in Birmingham did for us.”

In these cases, he says, we must find commonality and build relationships.

Nasser explained what this might look like in real life: “If you have Muslim neighbors, take time to learn their names. Maybe they have kids the same age as yours. Start hanging out. Show up and cut their grass. Or show up with a casserole if they have just moved in. When you get to know them, offer to babysit their kids so they can go out on a date. Simply develop a friendship by serving.”

Another important thing to remember when making new Muslim friends, Nasser says, is to be culturally sensitive: “Allow their culture to infiltrate your life. Eat some of their food. Find out what their lives were like back home. Take time to learn about their culture.”

Part of being culturally sensitive, Nasser explained, is self-education.”

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One Response to “Eye On… the U.S. – ‘Muslims Are Not the Enemies, But the Prize’”

  1. SINAN KANMAZ says:

    Yes, Muslims Are Not the Enemies. I definitely agree with you. No member of any religion can be an enemy to the other. Because all religions command good.

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