Posted by: stpowen | July 2, 2014

The Tragedy of British Moslem Youth

Isaiah 56:9-11. ‘All you beasts of the field, come to devour, all you beasts of the forest. His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant; they are dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yes, the are greedy dogs which never have enough, and they are shepherds who cannot understand.’

I have taken recently to reading the Archbishop Cranmer blog {1}. I do not know who writes it, but It has daily articles from a Church of England and Conservative Party point of view. It is interesting to know what such people are thinking.

In recent days, ‘Cranmer’ and his readers have been much exercised by the supposed threat of the fighting in Iraq and Syria, and the success of I.S.I.S., the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It appears that up to 500 young Moslems from Britain may have gone to fight for it. The Government, as well as ‘Cranmer’ and his correspondents, is concerned as to what these young people will do when they return to the U.K. It is proposed that schools will start teaching ‘British values’ in order to stop such extremism.

I wonder what British values are being considered. Do they include the 200,000 abortions each year, the 50% of children born outside of wedlock, the ubiquitous pornography, the alcohol and drug abuse? Or the corruption that has been found running rampant among politicians, the police, the BBC and the press? Or the child abuse perpetrated by various media ‘personalities’ and Roman Catholic priests?

Young people are by their nature idealistic and naive. They can easily be drawn to give their lives to a cause that they see as noble, but they can be just as easily deceived by evil and unscrupulous men. What do Moslem youths see as worthy or noble in British society today? Look at the list above. How easy it is for Islamic preachers to present this country as disgusting and depraved; and when they do so, are they altogether wrong? Young Moslem men believe Britain to be a Christian country. When they see young British women wearing skirts up around their hips coming out of night clubs falling-down drunk and throwing up in the street, they think that is Christian morality and they despise it. They also despise British women, but that is another subject.

130 years ago, seven young Cambridge University students were ‘radicalized’ by James Hudson Taylor, the founder of the China Inland Mission. These students were all rich, most of them from aristocratic families. One, C.T. Studd, was already a famous Test cricketer. Yet these young men, who became known as the ‘Cambridge Seven,’ gave up all their wealth and prospects in order to bring the Gospel to the perishing millions of China. They did not propose to do it with guns or bombs or missiles; they were armed only with the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Before they left, Studd and his new bride gave away all their money, worth around £20 million today {2} and the Seven embraced a life of hardship, danger and poverty for the sake of Jesus Christ and the Gospel. How we need such radicalization in these times! But why would anyone give their lives to the religion espoused by Justin Welby?

Unlike Mohammed, the Lord Jesus Christ does not require anyone to kill for Him, but He does require people to give their lives to Him, and sometimes to die for Him (Matt. 10:39). What is it that would make a young man or woman abandon all earthly prospects to follow Christ? Surely it is the Gospel? What is the Gospel? It is that mankind is lost and helpless in the grip of sin and under the righteous anger of a holy God; and that the Lord Jesus Christ left the bliss and glory of heaven to come to this poor fallen world to suffer and die- not for good people, but for bad; not for His friends, but His enemies- that He gave His life as a propitiation for the sins of others, and that now there is the promise of eternal life to everyone who will trust in Him for salvation. But, ‘How shall they call on whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”’ (Rom. 10:14-15).

Here is a cause well worth living and dying for! Not to bomb, shoot or behead those who oppose us, but to bring the good news of salvation to the furthest corners of the earth. God grant that the Moslem youth that our leaders fear so much may come under the sound of the Gospel and become Christian youth, and instead of bringing death and misery to the Near and Middle East, bring forgiveness and the love of God. But before this can happen, something else needs to occur. God grant that the churches of Britain will arise and somehow bring the Gospel to these poor, benighted Moslem boys.

So instead of demonizing them, pray for the Moslem youth of Britain. Pray for those who are already fighting out in Syria and Iraq, that they would become disgusted and ashamed of the violence and carnage that they are supporting, and that they would turn away from the false religion that leads them in such a direction and look to the Prince of Peace. Pray also for those who have stayed in Britain that the Holy Spirit will be working in the Moslem areas of Britain, that they too would become disillusioned with their false religion of works and turn to Christ and free forgiveness of sins.

Finally, pray for the Bible-believing churches in the land, that the true Gospel of grace would be preached once more without fear and with much power, not only to Moslems but to all the young people of Britain; for the giving out of tracts and Gideon Testaments, for youth groups and Christian Unions in schools and universities, and that God would forgive this nation its wickedness in turning away from Him, lead us back into His way and radicalize our young people in the right way so that they are set on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ and become pure in their lives and zealous for good works (Titus 2:14). Then let us be up and doing in the power of God to make our prayers a reality.

‘O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity; take words with you, and return to the LORD . Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously, for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips”’ (Hosea 14:1-2).

‘More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of’ (Alfred, Lord Tennyson).

‘He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it’ (1 Thes. 5:24).


{2} Read C.T. Studd; cricketer and Pioneer by Norman Grubb.


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