What would happen if we imposed Christianity by militant force? Imagine holding a gun to someone’s head and saying, “Listen, you either convert to Christianity, or I am going to put a bullet in your head and send you straight to,” well, you get the picture. Obviously that is not the nature of Christianity. Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ is a decision of a person’s will, not a determination to agree to a certain set of religious postulates.
Islam has always been aggressive and utilized an evangelism by the sword. Where “sharia law” is accepted, and accordingly interpreted by the Islamic leaders of a particular region, a person is expected to live by Muslim principles. If a person does not become a Muslim, then they should die. No doubt someone will respond to that thought by saying, not all Muslims are that way. There are moderates. Maybe…
In the village of Mali where our churh has planted a church, a group of Wahabi’s suggested over the loudspeaker of the local mosque that villagers who became followers of Jesus should have their throats slit. The picture above was taken in Nigeria. The African was one of our security guards as we traveled in a part of the country that was not particularly safe for Christians. What an interesting world.
Trying to force someone to convert to Christianity by force is like trying to push a rope in a straight line. You can pull or lead a rope, but you cannot push it. You can share the claims of Christ with anyone. But it is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility to bring a person to a point of conversion. There can be no militant Christian evangelism. But there is no need. Genuine love motivates the response.