Friday, July 22, 2005

War on Terror

A mullah speaking in London yesterday or today said, "I would like to see the flag of Islam flying over every nation in the world." (See "The Drudge Report" for the exact quote.)

Therein lies the real issue of the ambitions of Islamists around the world. Do not be misled by those who would have you believe Islam is a religion of peace. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Qu'ran plainly teaches that the infidels (that's you and me, brother) are to be put to death if they will not convert. Perhaps, and it is only perhaps, Jews and Christians might be spared if they were willing to pay dearly for the privilege of living and obeying the mullah's mandate never to evangelize or "proselytize."

Conversion via the sword has always been the modus operandi of Islam. It is called jihad and dates back to Mohammed himself. Poordisillusioned and hallucinoginic Mohammed sat in a cave until receiving messages from the "angel Gabriel." For years only his wife Khadijah and an uncle believed his rantings. Then a wealthy leader "saw the light" and with monied backing, Mohammed found the means to gather a crowd. Hoping to unite the Arabs under one religious banner, Mohammed began a series of conquests that assimilated North Africa, the Holy Land, Turkey, southeastern Europe and Southern Spain. Only Charles Martel stopped the Isalamists at the Battle of Tours.

Those followers of Mohammed who present a peaceful front are cut from the same bolt of cloth as those who claim Christianity but who deny biblical truth, fail to live the Christian life, and reject the idea that Christ really is Lord. Just as Christianity has its nominal believers, so Islam does as well. Those who proclaim Islam is a "religion of peace" reject the true message of Islam and are perfunctory name-only believers who go through the rituals but deny the real message of the religion.

Have you noticed how the media recently classes "fundamentalist Christians" with "radical Islamists?" That's true not only on the liberal national media, but Fox News as well. Those who really believe the Bible, who understand the only way one can be saved is through Christ, and who speak out against our nation's moral decay are personified as intolerant, unloving, and unwitting agents of dissension, division, and destruction. What the mass of "Christianity" and the mass of the adherents to the so-called "religion of peace" don't realize is that there really is a war to the death between these two religions: the true face of Islam and genuine Christianity!

It is a war waged between the forces of darkness (Islam) and the forces of light (Christianity). It is a war that will be waged on many fronts but we dare not slink back into the shadows and refuse to share the genuine Gospel at every opportunity. It must be shared at home where freedom of religion is interpreted as "believing what you want the way you want and never having those beliefs challenged."

I am uncertain if the bulk of the American people really have the stomach for doing what must be done. What we cannot accomplish with the Book we may have to stave off with the bullet. If so, it will be a long arduous battle. Just as we saw in Vietnam, the American people may find the demands of such battles too much. The cost of waging the war on terror will eventually eat into our comfort levels and many will begin calling for withdrawal. It's already beginning to happen! Those who do not understand this is a battle for freedom and survival are already beginning to whine and carp. Our current president has the moral courage to stand up for what is right (although I'm not sure he understands the nature of the war) but what of those who follow?

The Battle of Britain has just begun. It is only a matter of time until we see the battle renewed in our own cities. When the battle renews here, it won't be airplanes flying into skyscrapers, it may well be a nuclear device detonated in the heart of one of our major cities.

What do we do? Remain altert. Be aware that Jesus could break through the clouds at any moment. Whether he comes or we die, let us be prepared. Fortify your faith and be prepared to stand firm against an evil enemy that would impose its false god upon us or a government that gradually seeks to remove God from our national life and heritage.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

So Where do this Muslim terror movement put us on the prophetic clock? B.W. Johnson put them out of the picture after the 9th chapter of Revelation. Obviously, that isn't the case. --Hawkeye Gold

cj said...

seems to me we (Christians) had our own version of jihad during the Crusades. Any religion that needs to force its version of salvation on the world at large is missing the point. Jesus said "let those with ears to hear listen…" He did not say "or we'll mow you down to save your souls."

Michael Hines said...

Only someone totally ignorant of Church History would equate the Crusades with Islamist Jihad!

While the Crusades were not undertaken with pristine motives, they started because Muslims had taken with violence the holy sites. Once taken, Muslim leaders not only prohibited access of pilgrims to these sites but attacked and killed those who attempted to make such pilgrimages.

Second, the Crusades were not undertaken to convert but to retake these lands from the Muslim invaders.

Third, only the first crusade met with any success at all. Other crusades ended in tremendous loss of life, the attack of Byzantine Constantinople, and the Children's Crusade where "Christian" businessmen sold thousands of children into slavery in order to line their own pockets.

Fourth, the only "Christian" ruler to undertake conversion by the sword was Charlemagne, the supposed Holy Roman Emperor whose empire was not all that holy, nor was it Roman, and it wasn't much of an Empire.

With the exception of Charlemagne, Christianity hardly attempted to force itself upon others. Missionaries took the Gospel message to the lost and through the foolishness of preaching brought thousands to Christ. On occasion there were "power encounters" such as the felling of the Oak at Geismar, a sacred tree for the Germanic peoples. Once the oak was cut down, the Germanic tribes converted because it was clear to them that their gods were inferior to the Christian God.

The Crusades, therefore, hardly bear a resemblance to Islamist jihad that would kill all who reject Islam if they could. If these radical Islamists aren't stopped, you will have to eventually decide if you wish to die or convert. Since there is no other way by which you can be saved than in Jesus, a true believer doesn't have much of a choice!