Thursday, June 25, 2009

Day 176- Muslim Scarves

Since I was feeling a little bit under the weather, I went to the drug store to pick up some medicine. As soon as I entered the store I noticed a young lady wearing a Muslim head dress.

Me: Pardon me. Are you a Muslim?

Women: Yes (smiling).

Me: I am a Christian. It is my understanding that you wear a scarf in reverence to God (she nods in agreement). Do you think that Christians can be irreverent in their beliefs?

After I had asked her this question I began to wonder if it was appropriate. To my surprise, she gladly responded, "I don't think so." She then told me a little about Muslim culture in India, where she was raised. She told me that wearing a scarf is optional and it doesn't mean that one Muslim is better than another. I then asked, "Do you know what Christians believe?" With an almost embarrassed giggle she indicated that she had no idea about Christianity. Since she had never heard, I gladly told her that Christians depend strictly on Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross two thousand years ago. I shared with her that God in the flesh, not a mere prophet, paid the penalty of our sins and purchased a place for us in heaven. I then asked her if she had ever told a lie or stolen anything. She informed me of her guilt and I responded, "Then you need Him too." Her only response was a nod which I interpreted as thanks but no thanks. I then said, "It took you a few years to hear it, but you now know the message of Christianity." You don't have to go to the ends of the earth to find someone who has never heard the good news. Sometimes you may find them at your local drug store.

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