One recurring, critical issue in the sharing of the gospel by God’s friends revolves around the matching or mismatching of messenger and recipient. The history of Christian missions is full of such sadness – evangelist unwittingly nullifying the evangel they are announcing.
It is not only in a missions context that such mismatching of ambassador and host community has occurred. These results are expressed in a widespread, angry impatience with a Western cultural norm which is still generally perceived as being the dominant force in the world today.
Such contemporary impatience with the West is to a considerable extent justified. Too often, Muslims or Islam are mistaken for ‘enemy’.