Baptism Announcement gone wrong.
A church in Oklahoma is being sued for $75000 by a muslim convert. He is suing them because they announced his baptism which made his trip home to Syria very difficult. He was badly tortured and just about executed by Muslim extremist. The Christian worldview is a set of beliefs that hang together and depend on each other in an ordered way. This first step into becoming a Christian is to be baptized.
The man who is suing the church in Oklahoma asked repeatedly to have a private baptism to protect his safety. He had been promised by the church that the baptism would be a private baptism. However, soon after he arrived in Syria he quickly learnt that the church published the fact that he had converted and had been baptized. The man tried to deny the conversion however he was captured and toured for days before he was able to escape.
In Syria, you can be murdered for converting. He now fears for his son’s safety and his business there. The Oklahoma church went against this mans privacy and could have possibly gotten him killed. Converting to Christianity should not be something to be afraid of. The Christian Church knows about other cases where Muslim converts were tortured and killed for converting to Christianity, so they should have known enough to respect this man’s privacy.
I believe that the church should pay for this. He specifically asked to keep his conversion and baptism private and they did just the opposite. Not only did it put him in danger it is now possibly putting his son in danger as well. This man can probably never go home to Syria again without the fear of being tortured and killed. He will not be able to visit is son and will not be able to continue is business. It is not fair that he must suffer because he wanted to convert into Christianity.
Another reason why it is a good thing that this man is suing the Oklahoma church is that it could possibly help protect and save other Muslim converts from having to go through the same thing. He will be opening up the eyes of the church and make them realize what an awful thing it is that they did to him. They betrayed him.
It is unfortunate that not everyone can convert into Christianity and feel safe at the same time. The other religious world views are deeply offended that their individuals would convert and leave their religion. I believe that everyone should have the right to have their own religious belief, no matter what religion they were born into or grown up with. If someone decides that they want to convert to Christianity they should have every right to convert and feel safe doing so. This baptism should have been a great, happy moment in this mans life but instead, because his privacy was disregarded by the church, it almost killed him. Hopefully, the Oklahoma church will learn from this experience and will keep there word, as they should have before.