December 23, 2010 // Posted by Brad Hoffmann //
Here’s another example of our migrating religious culture witnessed firsthand. Yesterday, I went to visit members currently in one of the many hospitals at the Houston Medical Center. While on the first floor in the Methodist Hospital between the Fondren and Dunn elevators, I noticed a small sign posted on a door which read, “Muslim Prayer Room.” I meant to take a picture and unfortunately didn’t think about it even as I passed by the entrance to this prayer room a second time. Actually, I should have looked inside. But, what struck me about all this was a Muslim Prayer Room located inside a Methodist Hospital. Do you find that odd? In fact, it was located off a prominent thoroughfare – a high traffic corridor. Actually, I find it alarming.
How does a Christian organization (at least in name) with a statue of the healing Christ in the atrium locate a Muslim Prayer Room just around the corner? How can the Methodist Church allow a Muslim Prayer Room within its walls? Some may call it ecumenical? Others may call it politically correct? Even more may deem it as a practice in tolerance. I call it shameful. Christians ought to have a higher regard for their faith than to permit a false religion within its dwelling. The struggle is far too great! Why allow false god worshippers altar space within your courts? Here’s the problem. When you allow false god worship within the confines of a Christian organization, you’re setting a precedence which negates your ability to take a stand for truth. You legitimize a false following by placating space to their cause. With each step down this slippery slope of compromise, you open the door to greater depravity.
I wish the Methodist Hospital System would take notice of their roots. Scripture is very clear about the worship of other gods. “You shall have no other gods before Me,” says God. In other words, you shall have no other gods in front of Him, along side of Him, or behind Him. God alone occupies our sole adoration. Let us hold unswervingly to our faith. Do not allow false god worshippers to set up altars among the spaces claimed for Christ. Judgment comes upon those who falter and to those who do not take a stand. Israel learned the hard way by allowing the worshippers of pagan gods to set up shrines within her boundaries. We must not make the same mistake. When you compromise on faith, you set yourself up for destruction. Christ claiming organizations ought to practice better sense and demonstrate better judgment in my opinion. Let us be people who take a stand!