Historically the West has always been firmly opposed to Islam. This is because of the strong Christian Tradition of the West. Unfortunately, the strength of the faith in the West is a mere shadow of its former self. I’ve never met a Western convert to Islam before but there are Western converts. Having reflected on the arguments for Islam and Christianity, I find the arguments for Islam to be overall very weak. The Islamic sources show a very poor understanding of the two religions that it’s trying to usurp.
What would attract a Westerner to convert? I’m talking about a real conversion here, not someone going through a ceremony to please the parents of their new spouse. I’m talking about a true conversion of conviction. I think that Islam is attractive to Western converts because it shows strength. Islam in the eyes of the West looks strong and purposeful.
In looking at this, I can’t applaud Islam but I have to criticize the Church. Christians have become such cowards in the face of secular culture. It’s very depressing when social issues come up because we always hear that it’s not up to us to judge. In the next breath these liberals will be judging someone else and think nothing of it. Where is the courage?
The two sources for the Christian faith are Scripture and Tradition. Anyone who is firmly grounded in both of these will have a strong faith. It’ll be a faith with conviction.
Today many self professed Christians are reading garbage like Joel Osteen and trash by Fr. James Martin. This has nothing to do with Scripture and Tradition. The writings of the era from 1000-1300 AD are what we need to read.
The West has no purpose either. When a youth embraces a zealous form of Islam, he has a purpose. He needs to engage in Dawah and show that Islam is the true faith. He can tell Westerners that Islam is the answer to all the woes of the West and I think that even most secularists will admit that the West is in trouble.
He can also outwardly show his faith in several ways. He can grow his beard and dress in Islamic garb. This can be very satisfying because it gives them the feeling of opposing the decadent West.
Ultimately, the strong look of Islam would not be apparent if the Church was strong. As someone who has studied Church history, I marvel at the strength of the Christian faith over it’s 2,000 year history. It’s been firm, strong, and uncompromising in Truth. It has had down times. In the year 1000 AD the Church was a mess. Western Europe was a mess, the Pope just sat in Rome as the Bishop and wasn’t really fulfilling his role as leader. The Priesthood was in shambles, and extremely disorganized. Many other problems were present but God showed His love for the Christian faith by giving the Church the reformed Popes. Popes like Leo IX, Alexander II, and most of all Gregory VII.
Right now the Church is in need of a new set of reform Popes. Popes that will firmly restore the Christian faith to its proper place in society and the world. Once this happens, Islam won’t look that strong in the eyes of the West. We all need to pray for a swift arrival of these Popes.