Have you ever told someone you washed your hands … when you really hadn’t? I thought I was a little old for such a trivial lie, until I sheepishly recently told someone my hands were clean (when they indeed weren’t).
In Mark 7 we read a story of the Pharisees and religious teachers who gathered around Jesus to ask why some of His disciples ate food without first washing their hands. Jesus tells them, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions.”
While I doubt this excuses me from maintaining good hygiene, it did make me think. What is more important, that I’d washed my hands … or that my heart was clean enough to admit the truth (Mark 7:19).
Samy Tanagho is a man that understands this concept and does everything he can to share it with Muslims. Through his ministry Glad News for Muslims, he works to share the love of Jesus Christ with those who don’t know their God personally or that their creator loves them. He helps them to understand that, “God is concerned about our hearts not our rituals.”
You can learn more about the Islamic faith, culture, and rituals, and how to effectively share the Gospel with them this Christmas season when you air Samy’s 1:00 program Glad News for Muslims. Meanwhile … I need to go wash my hands!
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