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  1. Adam Simnowitz

    Gairdner’s writings are golden. Though not evident in this excerpt, his commitment to evangelism and the Church was exemplary. I encourage readers to seek out his writings which are increasingly available on the internet.

    In addition to the Armenian massacres of the 19th and 20th centuries, we could add the violence perpetrated by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS, ISiL), Hezbollah, Iran, etc. Gairdner’s analysis about “fraternizations” between Muslim governments and non-Muslim governments being “temporary,” “superficial and false” has been recently repeated in Egypt. During the “Arab Spring,” professing Christians joined Muslims in shows of solidarity and unity. This has been followed by some of the most open and violent persecution of professing Christians in Egypt.

    The economic and social freedoms of the West, which are so attractive to the common Muslim, is due in great measure to Jesus’ teaching of the separation of religion and politics (Matthew 22:21). The sad irony is that Muslims continually point to this separation as one of the “weaknesses” of Christianity. By seeking to implement Sharia in the West, many Muslims are setting up themselves and their descendants to return to the very economic and social restrictions from which they fled.

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