I read with interest the many letters in The Examiner about the speaker, Kamal Saleem, at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. I have been perplexed at some of the articles from writers who thought it was inappropriate to bring in such a speaker.

I read with interest the many letters in The Examiner about the speaker, Kamal Saleem, at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. I have been perplexed at some of the articles from writers who thought it was inappropriate to bring in such a speaker.

First, I read his book, “The Blood of the Lambs,” so I could be familiar with his story prior to attending the breakfast. I found the book to be interesting and informative. His conversion to Christianity seemed real to me. After listening to his speech, there is no doubt that this man was transformed by the renewing power of Jesus Christ.

As Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: But ye be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” The perfect will of God is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to rid oneself of the world’s way of thinking and doing things. The perfect will of God is to love and not hate. Saleem sought the Lord after witnessing the love of Christ through his doctors after a horrific car accident, as well as when he was convalescing in the Christian home of one of his doctors.

His acceptance of Jesus as his savior did not occur overnight. It was a process – dissatisfaction with himself and his spiritual life in general. Man alone cannot know Jesus without the Lord’s revelation. Jesus asked his disciples who he was. After some answers from various disciples, Simon Bar-jona (aka Peter) said, “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God. “Jesus then said, ‘Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: For flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven.’” Thus, God reveals himself to mankind through His Son, Jesus, in whatever way He chooses.

It is up to each individual to decide whether to accept that revelation and receive Jesus into his or her life. At this point in Mr. Saleem’s life, he was looking for something real in his religion, but could not find it. It was not until he prayed to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that he realized there was a God who loves him and accepts him as is and not by what he does.

Americans have lost their edge. Morality has slipped and justified as acceptable. The future possibility of America taken over by radicals who wish to impose their terroristic ways on us with the elimination of the freedom of religion and freedom of free speech is an obscure thought for many Americans.

I am grateful that Mayor Reimal held his ground and did not cancel the guest speaker.

Mr. Saleem’s speech was not hate-filled. He presented his life’s story and the radical side of Islam. The radical side of Islam wants to destroy America or anyone who does not want to adopt radical Islam for their religion. Mr. Saleem educated the audience to the potential dangers of such extremism. He relayed to the audience how radical Islam is subtly infiltrating America’s communities. At the same time, he told us we are to love and pray for each other. The testimony of receiving Jesus Christ as Mr. Saleem’s Lord and Savior, with scriptural references, was the highlight of the prayer breakfast.