Dos and Don’ts for Middle Easterners

There are many cultures represented by the term “middle easterner”.  The majority come from Islamic backgrounds.  There are also many Muslims that are not living in the middle east.  This list is designed generally to apply to all these different people groups.

Learn from this advice, but don’t get so hung up that you hesitate to reach out.  By all means, don’t “walk on egg shells” when you spend time with internationals.  Most of them are eager to have sincere American friends, so they will recognize your love and overlook your innocent blunders.  Teach them and they will teach you!

 

DO……be loving, friendly, fair, and courteous.

 DON’T……criticize Islam or the prophet Muhammad

 

DO……share your own testimony.

 DON’T……discuss Middle East politics.

 

DO……encourage your friends to read the Bible – especially the Gospels.

 DON’T……underline, mark or in other ways show what would be considered disrespect for the Bible.

 

DO……make a distinction between true and nominal Christians.

 DON’T……assume words have the same meaning – you must define your terms well.

 

DO……look for ways to demonstrate your love and commitment to them.

 DON’T……argue.  The goal is not to win an argument but to lead your friends to

Christ.

 

DO……learn more about Islam and the specific culture of the person you are befriending.

 DON’T……serve pork or alcohol.

 

DO……dress modestly – especially women.

 DON’T……initiate shaking hands with members of the opposite sex.

 

DO……focus on spiritual things – especially the person and ministry of Jesus.

 DON’T……ignore their questions or objections.  If you don’t know the answers, find them.

 

DO……emphasize that a personal relationship is possible with God through Jesus.

 DON’T……get discouraged or expect quick results.