Recently, the Pope baptized an Egyption journalist, Magdi Allam, who used to be a Muslim. Now, he has converted to Catholicism (Christianity), and wished to be baptized. The highly covered baptism was immediately denounced by Islam as being a provocation, and the church was threatened for their actions.
A voluntary conversion to Islam from Christianity is not met with death threats from angry Christian mobs, so why is it that anytime anything happens that upsets the balance of the Muslim world, they all go nuts? A freely chosen conversion is a spiritual event, not a political one, and the pope baptizing this convert was nothing more than an appropriate celebration of the new convert’s deepest beliefs.
The batism was not a political event and the attempt to criticize it is really the Islamic demand that Christianity give up on its Great Commission of evangelizing to the world. That will never happen, and though I am not Catholic, I believe the Pope should be applauded for making it very clear that Christianity will not bow down to threats by barbarians.
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