One of the people that I am looking forward to meeting during my visit to Future Congress 2 in Dallas this upcoming January is Aaron Taylor. He is a young missionary from the Midwest who is the author of the book “Alone With A Jihadist.”
Here is what it says about him and his book at Amazon.com:
“Aaron D. Taylor was raised in a charismatic mega-church in the suburbs of St. Louis. Upon graduation from high school, Aaron began his travels across the globe as a missionary. Nearly a decade later, Aaron was contacted by Stephen Marshall, a Hollywood director, who asked Aaron to share his missionary travels for a feature-length documentary called Holy Wars. Sensing an opportunity to dispel negative stereotypes of evangelical Christians in the media, Aaron agreed to participate in the film.
Then the unthinkable happened.
After catching wind of a prophecy Aaron received while preaching at a Pentecostal church in Brazil, Marshall decided to arrange a meeting between Aaron and Khalid, a radical Jihadist in London, for what was certain to be an emotional dialogue between two adversaries. Out of that conversation developed a revelation that would alter forever the future of Aaron’s life work and purpose.
This is his story.”
Islam is a threat to Christianity, but not in the way that we tend to think. The threat to us as Christians is that we would be tempted to fight Islam using the very same carnal methods that Muslims use to resist the West. Here is what one reviewer of Taylor’s book wrote:
“The book’s most powerful theme is a concept too often overlooked by the Christianity of the Western world – love. Love seems an elementary concept, something so foundational to the Christian faith that it hardly needs further study, reflection, or practice. This misconception has crippled the growth of entire faith communities. When professing Christians participate in acts of violence, whether “redemptive” or not, they do not support a true revolution. Rather, when violence is used to overthrow violence, it is no more than a regime change. In this book, Aaron Taylor discusses at length the relation between the incarnational model of love portrayed in Jesus’ life and the essence of true Christianity. The practical applications of adherence to Jesus’ way are presented; Christians are begged to consider the life of constant sacrifice lived by their Savior.
Perhaps there is no better way to recommend this book than to use Taylor’s own words from the last chapter: “What if our only moral agenda in this world was to imitate Jesus? What if our only moral agenda was to love people, serve people, and meet their needs – no questions asked…Jesus didn’t leave the world with a socio-political system to solve its problems. What He gave us instead was the cross.”
“Alone With A Jihadist” is available at Amazon.com. It’s not long, and the Kindle version is only $2.99.
Are you serious about being a disciple of Jesus? Are you also dissatisfied with the current superpower-driven agenda of the mainstream American church? (Dear God, you should be!) Then this book will truly inspire and uplift you.