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Oct 25 2017

The many meanings of the veil

God named Ishmael ‘God hears’ before he was born. Years later, God heard Ishmael’s cry when he was perishing in the wilderness and opened his mother’s eyes to see a spring of water from which she gave him drink – and he lived! Islam claims Ishmael as a spiritual forefather. Today’s Muslims are in the wilderness perishing and crying out for living water. Let the Church pray to the Father to reveal the well of living water, Jesus, so they might live!
The many meanings of the veil

Who is behind that veil? Pick the correct answer:

  • A Muslim woman expressing her culture
  • An oppressed Muslim woman forced to wear the veil
  • A Muslim woman avoiding unwanted male advances
  • A devout Muslim woman making a statement about her piety and modesty
  • A radical Muslim woman making a political statement about Islam
  • A convert to Islam who feels liberated from being obsessed about her looks
  • A progressive thinker who equates the Islamic veil with empowerment of women
  • A politician who turns a blind eye to Islam to win Muslim votes
  • A Canadian teenager who believes freedom means she can wear skimpy clothing to school
  • A Christian trying to ignore Islam because “we worship the same God” or because it’s too scary
  • A Christian unable to see through the smoke screen of politically correct culture that has infiltrated the Church and neutered the Gospel
  • Jesus trying to become visible to Muslims who can’t see Him through the strongholds of Islam
  • Jesus trying to break through the complacency and comfort of the Canadian church to show them the ripe harvest in the fields of Islam

Correct answer: all of the above

Much controversy has erupted in the past week over the Quebec National Assembly’s imposition of a ban on wearing face coverings while giving or receiving public services. Is it a matter of security or secularist principle? Is it unfairly targeting Muslim women? (Between 10-300 women in Quebec are estimated to wear the niqab.) Is it an example of “Islamophobia”?

I see a lot of confusion and illusion over the issue of the veil. How can we pray to unveil Muslims when we ourselves wear veils? (Compare to Lk 6:41-42, Job 42:2-3.)For now we see things imperfectly(1 Co 13:12). How can we pray meaningfully to clarify this issue for us and for the church and to bless our nation?

Spend some time waiting for the Spirit to reveal your veils in these areas: Lord, I repent for judging others, valuing opinions above Your word and not loving my neighbours. Thank You for forgiving me. Ask the Spirit to bring a similar repentance to your church.

Spend some time in worship to build your faith in God’s capacity: Read Psalm 46 aloud, repeating verses you can’t quite commit to – until you can. Declare that God WILL BE made known and exalted in Canada.

Spend time in 2 Corinthians 3 & 4. Speak truth over all God’s people: “We are competent as ministers of a new covenant in the Spirit (3:6). Therefore we are very bold, not putting a veil over our faces, but with unveiled faces we reflect the Lord’s glory (3:12-13 & 18). By setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God (4:2). For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (4:6). And whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away (3:16).” Command veils to be removed off Muslims, off Christians, off our representatives in Government and public service and whomever the Spirit specifically suggests!

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Leslie knows by faith and experience that our heavenly Father puts His prayers in our hearts and then listens to our hearts’ cry as we pray them back to Him. We hear God, and God hears us.
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