To be Muslim and Follow Jesus — A Quote by Carl Medearis in “Muslims, Christians, and Jesus”

“‘I am a Muslim who follows Jesus.’ ‘How does that work?’ I asked him. ‘What does your family think?’ He looked at me strangely and said, ‘They think nothing of it. I am a Muslim. What should they think?’ I had to ponder that for a minute, and then it hit me: Accepting Jesus as his teacher had taught Ali to make Jesus his leader, and in turn, had taken him to the revelation of who Jesus really is — Savior and Master. At no point had Jesus ever said to my friend, ‘You must change your name, go to a Western-style church, and give up your family and tribe…’ There is a growing number of Muslims around the world who maintain their cultural identity as ‘Muslim’ but choose to align themselves with the spiritual and moral teachings of Jesus, becoming his disciples while becoming what ‘Muslim’ truly means: submitted to God.”

— Carl Medearis, “Muslims, Christians, and Jesus”, Kindle location 964

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