A friend told me what to do when I walked in—not to go into the actual mosque, where to step and where not to step in order to not offend anyone. As I waited, I watched hundreds of people flood into the mosque and devote themselves to a time set aside for prayer and meditation. Watching this, it really hit me that these people were earnestly trying to get to God.
When it comes to other religions, it's easy get this “us vs. them” mentality. In our eyes, of course, we are the good guys only wanting to share the light of the world, and they are the bad guys leading people away from the truth. This simply is not the case.
The truth is that we are all sinners desperately in need of a savior, and as followers of Jesus we are extremely blessed. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8).
Remembering how blessed we are is one of the greatest motivators for sharing, because sharing the truth is one of the greatest ways that we can bless others.
Jon, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, is serving in East Asia with Go Now Missions. His last name is withheld for security reasons.