Son of Hamas
(Something a little different for today's blog.)
I have just finished reading a book called, “Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices” by Mosab Hassan Yousef with investigative journalist Ron Brackin.
Mosab is the son of a co-founder of Hamas, Hassan Yousef. Mosab’s story is both riveting and heart-breaking; yet it is filled with beauty and grace.
If you have not read the book, I highly recommend it to gain a better understanding of the strife in the middle-East, including Palestinians, Hamas, Israel, Islam, and Christianity.
As insightful as the memoir is, there is a paragraph toward the end of the book that gripped my heart with its honest expression of how we in the west, who try hard to reach people with the gospel can be perceived. This comes from a young man who found his way from Islam to the saving grace of Jesus.
So if you meet me in the street, please don’t ask me for advice or what I think this or than Scripture verse means, because you’re probably already way ahead of me. Instead of looking at me as a spiritual trophy, pray for me, that I will grow in my faith and that I won’t step on too many toes as I learn to dance with the Bridegroom. (emphasis mine)
If we love people with an agenda, we are not really loving them. If they are seen as a spiritual conquest, they are a tarnished trophy. But don’t let that stop you from telling people about Jesus! Don’t let that keep you quiet when the opportunity comes your way! Just remember that your only responsibility is to plant the seed of God’s love. To be God’s love in action. The rest is between them and God. Because . . .
It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow (1 Corinthians 3:7).