Philip Yancy has written a compelling article for Christianity Today in response the the terror attacks in Paris on December 2, 2015. The article, Paris and Beyond, can be read here.
His article makes an important point. That the Christian has both an enemy and a brother in Islam.
Is the Muslim my enemy or my brother? Woodberry asked. His answer: both.
Yancy further emphasizes that Christians have brothers and sisters in the Muslim culture.
I have met people in the restrictive Islamic societies of the Middle East who remain culturally Muslim yet follow Jesus. In those countries, conversion from Islam is illegal, and brings swift retribution—banishment and possibly death—from the convert's family. So the new Christian does not, for example, change his name from Muhammad to Peter, and he continues to pray five times a day and even attend mosque, where he privately worships Jesus the Messiah.
Philip Yancy reminds the Christian World that although we have an enemy seeking to take our lives and our culture, Christians also have brothers and sisters in the Muslim world who worship Jesus in dangerous circumstances. The problems Christians face from ISIS are real, but complex. The right to defend our homes and families is clear. Yet brothers and sisters in Christ live among the Islamic dominated regions of the world. Death comes to Middle Eastern Christians from their Islamic neighbors. Death for Western Christians comes from a geographical distance.
Philip Yancy concludes his article with a compelling challenge to the Christian faith.
ISIS has proved how a dedicated minority of zealots can disrupt the world. What can Christians do to show the troubled world another, better way?