Back in 1975, I was a 26-year-old single parent in Newport Beach, California. This was my first year in the United States, and I had no clue what Christianity was. I was invited by Jack and Valerie (my neighbors) to go to church with them. As a Muslim, I thought I could not attend a church. But on that Sunday, I dressed up my three-year-old daughter and went with them to church. Upon arrival, I was greeted by members of the church so warmly, so lovingly, and so kindly that I said to myself “If this is Christianity, I want to be Christian.” That was the beginning of my journey to know Christ and Him crucified and understand the meaning of John 3:16.
Years later, I noticed how African-Americans were converting to Islam without having a clue what they were doing. They were doing so only because they were seeking love which they did not receive from Christians. Today too, Latinos are attracted to Islam because they are not receiving the nourishing love of Christ from the Christian community. If they receive even a drop of the Lord’s love, they too will feel the same as I did: “If this is Christianity, I want to be a Christian”. We have yet to understand the depth and meaning of (John 13:34-35): “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”