Modernize Islam?

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

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Daniel Pipes, who has a tendency to polarize people with some of his views on Islam came to the University of Michigan to speak on how to combat radical Islam. An article was written by the Michigan Daily about his talk, which was sponsored by a pro-Israeli student group.

In the article it quoted Pipes saying, “Our goal in the case of the current war is the modernization of Islam.” This quote got me thinking on several levels.

First of all, the purist in the radical Islam movement would be infuriated with his comments. They see the “modernization of Islam” as one of their greatest fights. They want to see the whole world dominated by the Sharia Law.

Secondly, I couldn’t help to think about the modernization or secularization of Christianity over the years. In many ways, this has brought forth the current condition of Christianity in our generation. We have seen more consumerism and self-centeredness in the Church today than ever before.

Christ’s calling of “denying ourselves and taking up our cross” is not a popular concept in our secularized Christianity. In fact, I am wondering if a lot of the Christianity that we see today goes against many of the teachings of Christ.

Maybe, the radical Muslims and the fully-surrendered Christ-followers have something in common – well, this is how some of the secular newscasters would like to see it. But the big difference is that Christ calls us to bring forth transformation with love rather than violence.

Friend (Chingu) Movie

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

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Several of the Hollywood Videos in Ann Arbor are going out of business, therefore the family and I were able to get some really discounted DVDs. I went through the foreign movie section and ended up picking up the movie, “Friend” (in Korean friend is translated as “chingu”).

Recently, I was able to see this foreign film with Christina for one of our date nights. In fact, it wasn’t totally foreign because it was a Korean movie and I was able to understand portions of it. But thank God for the subtitles.

I heard so much about the movie and I was a bit intrigued by it because it was about friendship, loyalty, honor and all the good stuff. Besides all the swearing and some inappropriate scenes, the movie made me think about what it means to be a true friend.

It was pretty endearing to see the four childhood friends stay as friends over the years. Two of the friends were close all the way to the end.

I couldn’t help but to think of some of my friends. Some of them I knew since high school and we are still friends to this very day. Others, I have met in college and it has been a joy to still be in contact with them. The best friendships are the ones that bring you closer to God and to one another as the both of you are committed to building up the Kingdom of God.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13)