catapult magazine

catapult magazine


denominational leavings


Aug 11 2003
06:49 pm

This fall I studied the Muslim Brotherhood, a then-radical Islamic group. Part of their popularity stemed from their ability to meet the physical and emotional needs of its target audience. They provided food, etc. to those who needed it. In exchange they were also able to preach their version of Islam. Radical religion also provides answers to common questions. It is the fact that they are willing to provide answers, no matter how twisted they are that leads to their popularity.

If our “brand” of Christianity is to remain strong and not fade out then we must continue to think, strive, and do all that we can for what we believe in. We are called to serve where we are, whether directly in ministry or to minister through our occupations. It is this example that we set that will be our staying point. Perhaps it would be wise to remember Gamaliel’s words in Acts 5: “… For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourself fighting against God.” (38b-39)