It appears that Madonna, the raunchy pop singer, is studying Islam.
My wife is from Indonesia and describes it like this: women get famous as “artists” (singers, movie stars, etc) and then they choose to put on a show of outward virtue by wearing the hijab and sunglasses.
Women reveal all, and then as if to cover their tracks, they put on a little veil.
Now, let me be clear: I am all for modesty. I’m all for godliness. But when religion becomes another part of a multimedia show to sell music or movies, then it has missed the boat. Religion is not supposed to be a marketing or money making tool.
Faith is a matter of the heart. The early missionaries advocated that women not only be modest in their outward adornment, but to put on gentleness and a quiet spirit. Humility is true beauty.
Does God equate Messiah Jesus with Moses with Mohammed like her beau equates being a good Muslim with being a good Jew with being a good Christian. These are not all the same.
And even if they were, would they equate to Madonna’s antics?
There is a holiness without which no one will see God. No one. We must put on the Holiness of the Spirit of Jesus. This is not a holiness I can conjure up by certain rituals and practices. It is not good character derived from elaborate classes.
Holiness is a sign of the Holy Spirit in our lives convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and of judgement to come.
Do you admit that in your own flesh dwells no good thing? Are you a sinner?
Do you know the righteousness of Jesus? Do you know that He is right, when everyone else is wrong?
Do you know and acknowledge and persuade people in view of the fact that one day all will have to stand before Jesus to be judged whether they lived and died for Him or not? Are you living in awe of the Majestic Messiah?
My prayer is that more Muslims will read the New Testament (the Injeel) and discover the person of Jesus. He is the only one who can take us from being good for nothing to being perfect on that final day.