Today, I heard a powerful voice in the media imply that Muslim reformist, Zuhdi Jasser, is equivalent to Jesus Christ, and that the U.S. Constitution — as man’s law — is above any religious law. Now, if you are not a religious person, I can understand why this might not bother you. In fact, you might even agree with it. However, if you are a God-fearing person, then these words should be enough to force you to distance yourself from anyone who says such things — and here’s why:
First, this voice said that Jasser is a Muslim radical in the same way that Jesus was a Jewish radical and Luther was a Catholic radical. Since there was no comment to differentiate between these men and what they did, the implication is that they are equivalent with respect to their religious teachings. Again, to the person who does not believe in God, this might make sense. But for those who do believe, these three men cannot be equal. For those who believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (i.e. Jews and Christians), Jesus is infinitely more than a radical. He is God incarnate! To the Christian, Luther was a devout follower who recognized that the Catholic Church had perverted Christ’s Gospel message and was trying to turn people back to Jesus. And to the Muslim, Jasser is a “hypocrite” and deserving of death.
This should bother anyone who believes in God. If you are a Muslim, the fact that this person is saying that Islam needs to be reformed is blaspheme. Muhammad said Islam does not change and that all Muslims must either obey every command Muhammad gave, or they are not Muslims, but hypocrites who will burn in hell. So, by advocating for people like Jasser, this media voice is assuming a position greater than that of Muhammad. This would be akin to assuming the authority to change Christ’s Gospel — which is exactly what this voice does when this person equates Jesus with any other religious leader. In any major religion that does not believe man is his own god, this is not only blaspheme, it is the height of arrogance: it is nothing less than assuming the seat of God, Himself.
Then to say that man’s law, in the form of the U.S. Constitution, is above any and all religious law… Well, this is also blaspheme, but it is also ignorance. The U.S. Constitution is not the ‘supreme law’ of the United States. It is just the ‘how‘ of this nation. The Declaration is actually the supreme law of America. The Declaration is the source of the Constitution’s authority, and that same Declaration claims that the Constitution’s authority is the Creator of this universe. This makes the Declaration the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of America, and it points to God as being the Supreme Law giver — even above the Constitution. In fact, this is exactly how the men who wrote the Constitution saw this issue: they said Scripture was the primary source of the Constitution. But in spite of the Truth, this media voice has repeatedly claimed the Constitution was divinely inspired. This voice speaks of the Constitution in terms that approach the point of deifying the Constitution. Once again, the Constitution is the work of men, so to place it above God is to claim man is his own god.
Now, for the last time: if you do not believe in God, I understand how you might not take issue with what this media voice said today. But if you believe in God, then you should recognize that this voice is not God’s friend, but His enemy. A person can claim they believe in God, and that they seek to obey His laws and to live in peace, but if they then turn and place men and even the writings of men on the same level with God,… Well, such a person is an enemy of God. That is because they are claiming to be God in their own hearts. This is true because, by equating the things of men with God, a person is assuming they are a law-maker above God. This is exactly what 2 Thessalonians 2 calls ‘the man of lawlessness.’
So, if you are a believer, I would strongly urge you to be constantly on guard against such voices. These voices may sound appealing, but this is because they reason as we do — as men. But God does not reason like we do. God is so much higher in His thinking than we are in ours that we cannot understand His ways. All we can do is listen to God’s Word and obey His commands to the best of our ability and trust God to do the rest. But we must not fall for voices that would lure us away from God’s Law; from God’s Way; from God’s Light: all of which lead to Life. If we stray from God’s righteousness, we wonder into darkness, and the only thing we will find in that darkness is death.