Gene Daniels's excellent interview with a Muslim follower of Isa ["Where's Christian?" January/February] gives us useful insight into what a Muslim goes through in accepting Christ within his own culture. Much of our worship is cultural, and we need not force it upon others. Jesus did not require choir robes, stained glass, or pipe organs to follow him. We need to keep clear about practices that are central to the faith, and practices that are just cultural.
C-1 to C-6 Challenge
Recognizing the myriad questions that arise when we present the gospel to people with different cultural and religious suppositions, I am still uncomfortable with the C-1 to C-6 rating system ["The Hidden History of Insider Movements," January/February]. It seems to measure other believers against our own Western understanding of the faith. Such categorizing may lead our thinking in wrong directions. Who are we to judge someone else's servant? To their own master servants stand or fall.
To add to January/February's Under Discussion, which asked, "Should Christian colleges build top-ranked football teams?": College football players witnessed to me during my freshman year and helped when I was floundering in my faith at a public university. A Christian institution's athletes can be role models. There is something about students, staff, and alumni gathering to watch their team that unites them like nothing else—not to mention the income and donations teams can bring in, which help maintain the mission of a Christian college.
Our nation is hungry for moral, upstanding athletic heroes for whom they can cheer. If any Christian university wants to establish ...1