Can Christians Celebrate Ramadan?

I saw this article written by a conservative guy (a link to his blog is below)…I wonder what some of your thoughts are on this? This is in response to Brian Mclaren (Emergent Leader) participating in Ramadan…would love to hear your thoughts on it?

Bryan McLaren, leading figure of the “emerging church” movement, is observing the Muslim month of dawn-to-dusk fasting known as Ramadan [1], which began August 21. Here is his statement:

We, as Christians, humbly seek to join Muslims in this observance of Ramadan as a God-honoring expression of peace, fellowship, and neighborliness. Each of us will have at least one Muslim friend who will serve as our partner in the fast. These friends welcome us in the same spirit of peace, fellowship, and neighborliness.

We will seek to avoid being disrespectful or unfaithful to our own faith tradition in our desire to be respectful to the faith tradition of our friends. For example, since the Bible teaches us the importance of fasting and being generous to the poor, we can participate as Christians in fidelity to the Bible as our Muslim friends do so in fidelity to the Quran.

Among the core values of Ramadan are self control, expressing kindness, and resolving conflicts. For this reason, if we are criticized or misunderstood by Christians, Muslims, or others for this endeavor, we will avoid defending ourselves or engaging in arguments. Instead, we will seek to explain ourselves humbly, simply, and briefly when necessary, connecting with empathy to the needs and feelings of others as we express our own.

Our main purpose for participating will be our own spiritual growth, health, learning, and maturity, but we also hope that our experience will inspire others to pray and work for peace and the common good, together with people of other faith traditions.

May God bless all people, and teach us to love God and love one another, and so fulfill our calling as human beings.

McLaren further explains himself at his blog, linked above.

Do you think this is a nice gesture or syncretistic worship?

Article printed from Cranach: The Blog of Veith: http://www.geneveith.com

URL to article: http://www.geneveith.com/emerging-church-leader-is-observing-ramadan/_3153/

URLs in this post:

[1] Ramadan: http://www.brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/ramadan-2009-part-1-whats-going.html

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