Recently, a number of leading Muslim and Christian leaders began a discussion together looking for unity based on the common ground both faiths share of "loving God and loving neighbor." These exchanges have been called A Common Word. Today, John Piper issued an excellent response to this dialog expressing profound disappointment with the Christians who have affirmed this common ground. Piper's response is well worth listening to.
In reading through some of the "Common Word" documents, it seems more and more clear to me that the greatest threat Islam brings to Christianity is not violence, but peace... the kind of peace that denies the absolute uniqueness of Christ as mankind's only hope of salvation. While it is certainly right for us to call for and pray for and hope for peace, we do not embrace peace at all costs.
Rick Phillips' comments are particularly helpful:
I suppose that a survey of the history of religion and war would show that in times of great violence there is usually an impulse to downplay important religious differences so as to soften inter-religious anger and hatred. But it is always distressing to see Christians so willing to downplay the most central and vital aspects of our faith in pursuit of some "higher" end. I am sure that the signatories of the Christian response mean well. But for Christians there must never be a higher end that the glory of God as revealed in his Word and the spread of the biblical gospel with clarity, love, and courage. At the very moment when increasing numbers of people have concluded that "all religions believe the same thing," the very worst thing Christians could do -- the least loving and ultimately the least peaceful -- is to foster the idea that one's understanding of God need not embrace Jesus Christ as the unique revelation of God and as the Savior-Son God has sent as the only hope for a sinful world.