As I stepped into my neighbors’ home, I walked right in without taking my shoes off and proceeded to offer my hand to greet the family. I made eye contact and smiled at each person as I said hello. I received odd looks, and the grandmother made a disapproving noise in the back of her throat. I instantly felt uncomfortable and realized I had made a mistake, but I did not know what that mistake was.
Being invited over for dinner by new friends is exciting. However, by the end of this particular visit, I felt overwhelmed and ignorant. My new friends were Muslims who had immigrated to America from Afghanistan, and they wanted to show me hospitality. I quickly realized I knew little about my new friends, their culture, and their beliefs. In my ignorance, I had offended them, inadvertently creating a barrier to sharing the gospel.
Maybe, like me, you have made cultural miscues in your attempts to share the gospel with Muslims. Perhaps you fear engaging your Muslim neighbors with the gospel because you do not know what obstacles you might face. Below are three common barriers to sharing the gospel with your Muslim neighbors and a few suggestions for navigating them with humility: