The recent act of terror in Quebec City should leave all of us in pain. The response of pain is appropriate no matter what worldview or religion you espouse. Why? Because before we are a follower of anything, we are all human first. God or no God or whichever God, we all have a fundamental worth as living, breathing bodies and souls.

But beyond a universal compassion for our fellow man, how do we respond specifically as Christ followers? We might struggle, thinking, “How can I love someone who has entirely different beliefs than me?” The fact is that we have different beliefs than our Muslim friend. The gospel begs the question, “Who will save us from our sins when we stand before Almighty God, perfect in holiness and justice?” And the gospel does not allow us to be universalist with respect to the mode and source of salvation. Salvation is in Christ alone by grace alone through faith alone.

Despite our differences in our beliefs about salvation, there is at least one more bond we can share with our Muslim friends who are grieving and feeling vulnerable. There is at least one more step we can take together. That bond and that step is a gracious fight for our religious liberties, a defence of our religious freedom. We live in the “true North, strong and free.” And it is a great privilege to live in such a greatly free country. Moreover, the gospel permits us, even calls us to care about and fight for our religious freedoms.

Take two and half minutes to watch and listen to Russell Moore answer the question “Why Christians Should Fight for the Religious Liberties of False Religions.” His thoughts are applicable to our Canadian context.

If you have opportunity to reach out to a Muslim friend or coworker, I hope you can find a gospel motivated courage and compassion to reach out. Their religious freedom is our religious freedom and our opportunity to share the great hope we have in Jesus Christ.