Two Masters

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog on Ann Holmes Redding has been an Episcopal priest for now almost 20 years and then also embrace Islam. She was defrocked Wednesday when she completed her conversion as a Muslim. She was upset that she was removed from her position as priest because she sees no conflict between Christianity and Islam.

Both religions say there's only one God and that God is the same God. It's very clear we are talking about the same God! So I haven't shifted my allegiance.

She seems to sincerely believe that it is perfectly logical to be both and that she can't understand why some people want her to choose.

The church interprets my being a Muslim as 'abandoning the church' and that [there] comes an understanding that you have to be one or the other... It simply hasn't been my experience that I have to make a choice between the two.

I would suggest that she did make a choice. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." You cannot say that there is one God and "Mohammad is His prophet" and then at the same time accept Jesus as Lord. You can't serve two masters.

That seems pretty straightforward and simple. If you become a Christian, you can't be a Muslim. And visa-versa. So I'm not pushing the profound meter too dramatically this morning (as if I ever do). But what about being a Materialist Capitalist and being a Christian? The "master" we must choose Jesus over in Matthew 6:24 is MONEY. The God we can't worship if we worship Jesus is those green (and now brown) things with pictures of dead presidents. I wonder if God sees our obsession with materialistic prosperity while also being Christian as just as bizarre as when we see someone who claims to be both Muslim and Christian. We really do have to choose who is Lord... and them follow Him. Or it.