There was some controversy swirling around the National Prayer Breakfast last week concerning the attendance of Yasser Arafat. There were many Christians who threatened to boycott if he attended.
My question for these Christians is .. . have they met the person of Jesus Christ? The one who ate with the tax collectors and prostitutes, the one who ministered to the woman at the well when she was considered a social outcast, the one who dined in Zachias’ house.
Jesus came so ALL might have life and have it more abundantly . . . not just people we like, or agree with politically. Believe it or not, Jesus died for Yasser Arafat too.
God is not a respecter of persons, and ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We all have a Yasser Arafat in our lives . . . Someone we think is less worthy to receive grace than we are. Well think again.
As a Christian you are called to love God and love your neighbor. Who knows, that person you have condemned, or Yasser even, might be the Saul who becomes Paul. This is Nina May encouraging you to pray for Yasser Arafat not condemn him.