64 percent

This is the percentage of Muslims who believe that America’s goal is to spread Christianity in the Middle East. This datum is cited in a recently-released survey from the University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes.

The survey includes several other points about the attitudes of Muslims towards America, including the chilling 27 percent who apparently approve of terrorist attacks on civilians. At 1.4 billion Muslims, that’s a neat quarter of a billion who have no moral compass when it comes to us infidels.

As for the 64 percent, would that this were true, that America were, somehow, spreading Christianity in the Middle East. Now, as a conservative American, I know that it would be wrong for our government to evangelize. As a Baptist, I’m especially sensitive to having freedom of conscience in matters of faith, and having no established church.

On the other hand, many of our problems with the Middle East would disappear if the jihadis accepted the peace of knowing Jesus Christ. There would still be problems of poverty and under-development. These would become things that, finally, could be addressed if people would simply accept Jesus as Lord and Savior — and stopped blaming everyone else for their own problems.

Some might argue that Arabs are too tribal to be Christians, too hung up on group identity at the expense of their faith. Perhaps, but also perhaps a sufficiency of Christianized Arabs would read Galatians 3 and take it to heart:

26For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

You are all one in Christ Jesus. It is really that simple.

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