Muslim militiaman turned missionary spreading peace of Christ
Hicham Chehab is a missionary with a difference. A Lebanese-born Muslim, he took up arms with his brother during the Lebanese Civil War between Christians and Muslims.
Chehab said, "I who was stalking my enemies with a gun and a silencer at night heard for the first time, 'love your enemy.' I felt this was superhuman or ridiculous. My enemy was somebody who killed my only brother, my only sibling, the shoulder I used to cry on."
Since coming to Jesus he has become a missionary at Salem (â€śPeaceâ€ť in Arabic and Persian) Church, in Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard. The Lutheran Arabic Church, which has been operating for one year, serves refugees and immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan and Palestine....
I wish him well on his spreading the Gospel, But to think that the spread of the Gospel will bring political peace to the Middle East or any place else is a mistake. Christ came to bring peace between man and God, and not man to man, though sometimes that can be a side benefit.
Matthew 10 34Think not that I came to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law: 36and a manâ€™s foes shall be they of his own household. 37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And he that doth not take his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me. 39He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.