Islam in the US Army
Army makes history by putting Muslim in charge of 14,000 US soldiers’ spiritual needs – McClatchy
In January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz, formally Michael Barnes before he converted to Islam, received the call every Army chaplain dreams of…
He’s one of only 10 Muslim chaplains in the entire U.S. military; of the Army’s 1,400 or so chaplains, just five are Muslim…a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division at Lewis-McChord…
I want you to listen to his conversion…
While stationed in Baumholder, Germany Shabazz worked with a Muslim soldier who annoyed other troops with his boasts about the virtues of Islam. Shabazz, who back then was still Christian, grew fed up and decided “to cut him down to size.” He challenged the Muslim to a public debate on the merits of their respective religions.
On the afternoon of the showdown, Shabazz recalled, about 30 soldiers filled a meeting room on base. Shabazz was ready to pounce, but the Muslim opponent “kind of blindsided me with some facts,” launching into a powerful, persuasive defense of his faith that put Islam in a whole new light.
“It was all-out cognitive dissonance, depression and shame, honestly,” Shabazz said, recalling his feelings at that moment. “I thought I had a stronghold on the truth. And, for the first time, my confidence was shaken in who I was as a human being and what I believed.”
Note: 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Shabazz began studying Islam on his own, determined to correct the lack of knowledge revealed in his debate with the Muslim soldier. He’d work all day and then stay up well past midnight paging through the Bible and the Quran.
After two years, Michael Barnes, the devout Christian reared in a Louisiana church, decided to convert to Islam…
The Department of Defense counts more than 6,000 self-identified Muslims currently serving, from a total of 1.3 million active-duty and more than 800,000 guard and reserve members. The real number of Muslims is thought
to be higher because many troops choose not to list a religion, especially if they’re worried about backlash.
Iraq, where U.S. troops fought insurgents near some of Islam’s most sacred sites, was a particularly hard deployment for Muslim soldiers.
“In combat, it was tough. You’re trying to establish Muslim service and you’re in a Muslim country fighting against Muslims…”
Shabazz stated, “I have a real opportunity to be an ambassador for the Army and for my religion.”
In today’s world, we, as Christians better know what we believe.
Jesus warned that, in the last days, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Muslims deny that Jesus was God or that He dies on the cross.
Jesus is God – Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Jesus was crucified – John 19:17-18, “And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.”
Jesus is the only way to eternal life – John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
The declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The founding fathers of our country viewed the creator as the God of the Bible.
If you want to have eternal life with Jesus Christ, know the truth and live it, and be able to defend your beliefs against every wind of false teaching that would try to steal it from you!