RICHMOND, Va. — Cade Rutledge* used to wave his American
flags and get really fired up about “getting those terrorists.”
From most people’s viewpoint, he had a right to feel that
way. His brother was working in the Twin Towers nearly 10 years ago on Sept.
He made it out alive, but the attack was still way too close
to home physically and emotionally for Rutledge to consider the idea of loving
terrorists, or loving any Muslims for that matter.
Until Jesus showed him a different way.
“I asked myself, ‘How can we possibly love the lost — the
Muslim terrorists — who attacked my city?’” Rutledge said.
“Our answer should always be yes because our Jesus-centered
faith demands it. Our Christian response must never resemble the world’s.”
A heart of love for Muslims is something the International
Mission Board hopes to cultivate through the new Loving Muslims resources,
which are being released in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11
terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C.
The resources include
free study guides for small groups to use for one session the week before Sept.
11, 2011, and one on the anniversary itself, as well as an eight-day prayer
guide for use the week in between.
The first session focuses on loving Muslims, and the second
on reaching Muslims with the gospel.
The prayer guide leads believers through praying for their
Muslim neighbors and ways they can show hospitality to their Muslim neighbors.
The website, lovingmuslims.com, also includes feature
videos, stories, photos and other resources for learning more about Islam,
Muslim culture and ways to reach out to Muslims and share Jesus Christ with
For more information and free downloadable resources, visit
lovingmuslims.com. The site opens Aug. 1.
(EDITOR’S NOTE — Thomas is an IMB writer/editor based in