God bless you and greetings in the name of Jesus Christ who can save to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25).
Many of the 9/11 tributes I’ve enjoyed have expressed a wonderful sentiment of resolve that I appreciate very much. It’s captured with the words, “We will not forget!” or “We will never forget!” I believe this resolve is important. I don’t think the sentiment should be present every waking moment, but it should be persuasive enough that we remain alert to the danger our adversaries pose to us and our way of life. This is much bigger than just a threat to our nation; it’s a threat to freedom to live for God according to the mystery of godliness that has been delivered unto us.
The Muslim threat to our way of life is real. When I taught Philippians to the Fellowlaborers a few years ago I mentioned the importance of Christians regaining our passion for outreach. We need to resolve deep within our souls to advance the cause of Christ.
You can talk about missionary zeal or passion for outreach, and that’s all fine and good. But, it’s not about going to church; it’s about transforming the world. Christianity brought an end to slavery, at least in Christian countries it did. Christianity advanced the equality of the sexes. These are things that our Muslim comrades don’t cherish like we do. If we as Christians don’t get the passion to transform the world again, the Muslims are going to bury us, because they have it, and they will demonstrate the energy of their convictions.
Americans are becoming a laughing stock in many places around the world. The exceptions are places where our military men are fighting. For the most part, Americans are seen as undisciplined and self-indulgent. The workers in the African orphanage where my daughter, Sara, worked couldn’t believe she was really from the U.S. They said she was unlike all the other U.S. volunteers they had seen. Why, because she knew how to work, and she is not self-indulgent. She was there to work and serve and not there to play. (All the others wanted was to do their 3-4 hours, then hit the beach.)
If we don’t seriously recommit ourselves to the vision of Word Over the World, we are going to be overrun by the Muslims, because they have. They are willing to do it peacefully, and they are willing to do it by force. It doesn’t matter to them; they are all in agreement. To them, Islam is the only way of life worth pursuing. . . the only one with commitment and integrity to One God.
They know they will win because Christians have become complacent and compromising, lulled to sleep by the easy life. Too many Christians are non-Biblical and not willing to fight for what they believe. The Muslims have almost already taken over Europe, and they did it peacefully. They just moved in populated the country, and are ready to take over. They are already asking for their own laws in Great Britain regarding marriage and divorce. They do not want to be obligated to follow the laws of England, they want to go by Sharia law. That will probably allow for mistreatment and abuse. They will threaten violence if they don’t get their way, and governments usually back down to them. Do you remember how Spain pulled their troops out of the U.N. forces in Kuwait and Iraq because of the threat of violence?
The Crusades were not one of the nobler parts of the history of western civilization, but you have to applaud the fierceness with which the Christians withstood the encroachment of Islam on European soil. They were willing to fight back then. They no longer have that resolve. If we lose the will to fight, we will become slaves. The Word tells us there will always be conflict. The question really is do we believe it, and are we willing to fight for it. If we will fight with the gospel we will not have to fight with guns and bombs.
For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
We do not hate anyone. It will be our love for our Muslim friends that will motivate us to speak the truth to them. Jesus died for each one of them, too. When we lived in San Antonio and my wife was an apartment complex manager. We welcomed Iranian pilots in training and their families into our complex. We had meals with one another. Our children played together. We spoke about the Bible to them. Their understanding of Christianity was very non-Biblical. They were shocked to learn that we didn’t actually eat the body of Christ in communion. They could not understand how Jesus could be God and still die. When we explained the “trinity” correctly they were relieved that we believed in one God also. Two of the highest ranking officers brought their children to Ferne and asked her to bless them before returning to Iran which she was blessed to do.
The United States is a Christian nation, but not a Biblically Christian nation. For the most part Christianity has been redefined into a milk-toast, anything goes religion. Suffering and sacrifice have been taken out of Christianity. When they left so did the passion for outreach, because outreach requires sacrifice. Great outreach requires great sacrifice.
Not only are we not willing to fight, we are not even willing to support those who are willing to fight. (Eg. No body armor for our troops in Iraq.) Edmund Burke correctly said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” One God is the answer to the problem. Biblical Christianity vs Islam is a no contest. According to Islam, those who worship 3 Gods are infidels and must be killed. Worshipping Jesus and polytheism and Roman Catholic beliefs drive the Muslims in sane. Well, they drive me in sane too.
Our culture is decadent and should be changed. If we don’t change it with the gospel, the Muslims will change it by force. To keep women chaste doesn’t require whips and chains and chastity belts. It requires men willing to be chaste too. . . Men willing to delay gratification until marriage. We must move the Word here by reintroducing the concepts of personal sacrifice, commitment, and dedication to our Biblical purpose. If we won’t move the Word without persecution, then we will endure persecution. It took the persecution in Acts 8 before the first century Church ever left Jerusalem. They were told in Acts 1:8 that, “ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth,” but they never moved out with the Word until they were persecuted in Jerusalem. If we will not do it without persecution, be fully assured a persecution will come.