To the men, women and youth who consider themselves Muslim,

I write to you as a young Christian.

You may be indifferent to that title, or it may, unfortunately, make you bitter, fearful, or disgusted with me. If your feelings match the latter, I can’t say that I blame you. 

You read the same news sources as me, see the same religious television specials as me, and hear the same rhetoric as me. You have, no doubt, heard things from professing Christians that make you feel marginalized and hated as a person.

I’m sorry.

I ask you to be willing to understand that there are those who do things in the name of my faith, my Lord, and my Savior, that are utterly against everything I believe. I know that there are those claiming your religion whom you would say do the same.

I, personally, do not condone the slander, hate-speech and derogatory language frequently used by professing Christians to describe a group of 1.6 billion human beings.

I write this letter to apologize for those who embarrass my faith in their actions toward you. I do not believe the actions taken by the majority of them could be considered Biblical or Christian in the slightest.

I wish to make a few short points – from a thoroughly Christian perspective – and tell you what I wish would be the message from all those claiming to bear the name of Christ.


First, I am not afraid of you. There’s an unfortunate level of fear regarding the Muslim community. Between – quote, unquote – “conservative” news networks and mainstream religious leaders, there has been an unhealthy amount of fear-mongering regarding those who practice Islam. Because of a minority group of extremists, many unfairly broad-brush the peaceful majority as dangerous and hateful.

It is simply unfair for you to be treated so poorly based on an ignorant stereotype.

Second, I do not hate you. I am barraged with offensive memes in my newsfeed every time I go online. From images insinuating that all Muslims are terrorists to the juvenile mocking of any woman wearing a burqa, it saddens me to know that you see these images too. It’s truly disrespectful.

Third, I disagree with you. You disagree with me too. This does not mean that we should be less than civil toward each other, we can build relationships in kindness and respect. But if both of us are truly honest, we can admit that our religious beliefs are incompatible. I’m not saying this because I think your religion is nothing but hatred and violence, I know that you could point to many places in the Quran that call for you to live peaceably with others.

My biggest reason for disagreement is that you deny the deity of and lordship of Jesus Christ.

Fourth, I fear for you. Because you deny the lordship of Jesus Christ, there is no hope of eternal life. I don’t say that from a heart that is cavalier regarding this issue, but from one that is broken. Broken because I want nothing more for you than to understand the love of an Almighty Father, one who is worthy of all glory, praise, and adoration. And even though I know that there have probably been many Christians who have made the gospel look bad to you, I implore you to look past those few broken men, and see a perfect God.

You see, outside of Jesus, there is no hope. I know that, as a Muslim, you believe that God is truly perfect. If you really believe that, than you must admit that no amount of good works, not even death, could ever meet that standard. We are all sinful men, and it is that nature that would ultimately damn us – unless, in faith and repentance we make Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Not sure how to do that? Please watch this short video to help explain the basic truth of the Gospel.

I pray you will soak in what was shared in that video, and that you would at least consider the reality of man’s condition, and the vital need of a Savior.

I close this letter as a friend, and hope one day soon, as a brother in Christ.

Eric Author Image Eric is a blogger, videographer, designer, and full-time missionary with Rooftop Missions. While in the US, he works to raise support to help fund pastors and orphanages in closed countries. When he is traveling internationally, he provides leadership training for national pastors, as well as documenting the trips through photography and video. To partner with Eric financially, click here.

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