The enemy within

Today is Veterans’ Day. We rightly honor the sacrifices so many have made to preserve our values and way of life. May we be as faithful to them and their memory as they have been to us.

Evidence mounts that the massacre of thirteen soldiers at Ft. Hood was an act of intentional terrorism. The murderer’s trail led through mutual attendance at a mosque with some of the 9/11 hijackers, and then to communications with a virulent America-hating, terrorist recruiter.

Whatever the emotional stress level of the perpetrator, this crime was not committed in a ideological vacuum. Make that “religious vacuum”. The ideology in question is none other that the “religion of peace”, Islam, yet again. Does anyone wonder why it must be stressed again and again that Islam is a religion of peace?

The Lord has warned us to watch and pray. I try to discern His hand and purposes in the things I see. Like most of us, I was blithely ignorant of Islam for most of my life. When I started searching for a deeper understanding of God in my early twenties, after a personal crisis drove me toward “the unknown god”, I read as many of the world’s great religious books that I could find. I was turned off to the church, and naturally attracted to Eastern mysticism, so I started off with venerable Hindu works such as the Upanishads, the Vedas, the Bhagavad-Gita and the Sutras of Patanjali. I liked the peace and the spiritual power these works seemed to convey.

Then I came across the Koran, and I thought, great, I’ll get into this too, and learn more about God from a different perspective. All religions are the same anyway, right? But I quickly bogged down, stuck on some very bizarre statements that I could in no way reconcile with any concept of a loving, morally-excellent God. I put the book away, concluding that it was sheer lunacy, and blissfully forgot about Islam for several decades.

Seeing jetliners intentionally slice into buildings, however, was a rude awakening. There had been earlier rumors and rumblings of trouble – the bombing of the Marine base in Lebanon, the continuing horrors coming out of the Arab world toward Israel, the myriad highjackings, the first World Trade Center bombing, assassinations of American consultants in Pakistan, etc – but on 9/11 the problem came front and center. We were in a full-blown war on terrorism.

After a while, I began to get a feeling for the Lord’s purposes in the clash of cultures. I saw the level of coercion that had locked down the Muslim lands for centuries, keeping hundreds of millions of souls from meeting Christ. These lands needed to be opened to the Gospel. And I saw that the West had for several decades been falling deeper into spiritual malaise and error. Multiculturalism had taught us that all religions were of equal value, and secularism had taught us that that value was basically zero. The West essentially was playing Truth or Consequences, and since it had abandoned truth, consequences were what it was getting.

Eight years on, how are we doing on these two points? From everything I’ve been learning, Muslims are coming to Christ en masse. Were it not for the fear and coercion of Islamic societies, the conversions would be even more visible and pervasive. The Internet and satellites are hard to censor, and the Word is getting through. Missionary activity is high, despite the risks, and there are continual reports of visions, dreams, and actual Christophanies that are leading Muslims to the Lord. We need to pray for these believers because the persecution is beyond anything we can conceive of.

But what of the West waking from its spiritual stupor? Is that happening? I’m sorry to say, not so much. It is impossible to solve a problem until you first correctly define it. And all evidence is that our officials are still denying and avoiding the real issues.

One of president G.W. Bush’s biggest mistakes was bowing to political correctness immediately after 9/11 and declaring Islam to be a peaceful religion. It’s understandable that he wanted to calm everyone and avoid a backlash against mainstream Muslims. But ultimately there is no excuse for suppressing critical truth. We have paid a steep price for our unwillingness to differentiate between truth and error.

Under the cover of the false “Islam is peace” rubric, which Muslim frontmen work so very adeptly to gain advantage, our defenses have been all but neutralized. Because we have left our Christian mooring, and we are afraid to call hate speech and sedition what it is, with our discernment gone, our own laws of freedom of expression and equal access are being used against us to demolish our foundations.

A month ago, during Obama’s failed Olympics bid, a representative from Pakistan had the temerity to charge the U.S. with not being open or accessible enough. His nation regularly persecutes, and on special occasions burns, Christians for fun and profit – all to the glory of Allah, of course. And our groveler-in-chief made no objection to this charge, but only promised that we would do better.

In the wake of the Ft. Hood massacre, Obama’s Sec. of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, speaking in the Middle East, expressed her concern, not that Islam was an aggressive and violent “religion”, but that there might be an anti-Muslim backlash in the U.S.

Then General Casey, head of the U.S. Army, expressed concern, not that his troops were exposed to an enemy within, but that anti-Muslim sentiment threatened the Army’s diversity. Now, I’m for diversity as much as the next guy, it is a source of strength when there is underlying unity. But diversity shouldn’t reach so far that it includes those committed to our destruction. A little common sense would go a long way here, guys.

Bullies are always attracted to weakness. The more our leaders appease Muslims, the less respect the Muslims and the world have for us, and the more brazen our enemies will become. Unless we start dealing with reality, I expect more internal attacks on our domestic troops, who, without firearms on home soil, are sitting ducks.

We need a massive awakening. In the wake of Ft. Hood, some of grassroots America seems to be getting it, even if our leaders are not. We need national repentance, leading to a revival and reestablishment of spiritual and moral values.

As the Bible instructs, we need to pray for our leaders. But note carefully why we are to do so: “so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”. I don’t consider being fodder for bullets and bombs, or being forced to go to mosque, to be leading a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness, so I think we can conclude that we need to be praying, not, for example, that our leaders are comfortable and well-liked and don’t run out of caviar, but rather that they wake up to the truth that political correctness is a cowardly lie that is exposing us to rampant evil, and that they have a solemn duty to oppose it.

I came across this skit the other day. Pretty sad when court jesters get it but high officials don’t. Let’s claim the promises and pray this thing through so the Lord can take it from there.

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  1. November 11, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Mark Steyn wrote a searing article yesterday on how the D.C. Snipers were confirmed radical jihadists, but how the media intentionally covered over that fact. Ditto the L.A. Airport shooter. We are systemically being denied the truth, in order to promote a destructive political and spiritual agenda.

    http://www.steynonline.com/content/view/2623/

  2. Doreen Saz
    November 12, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Paul,

    You hit the nail on the head; we do not know what is going on; that is why I can’t take seriously any news articles. When I hear or read some ‘news’ I see it as just more ‘stuff’ they throw out to us to keep us busy and fodder for newspapers.

    News is morally no higher a level than ‘gossip’; just a little more sophisticated.

    Maybe I’m a realist or maybe I’m a skeptic. But I’m convinced that I can’t spend time reading stuff that is not the truth…and I spend very little time digging into things. I read the headlines to get a general view of what is happening and that’s about it.

    This may be a totally wrong attitude; wish I could change it. I guess the expression ‘ don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see with your own eyes’ has really affected me at a deep level because it expresses my attitude towards ‘news’ and ‘happenings’ perfectly.

    blessings
    d

    • November 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Doreen,
      I have to admit to basically feeling the same way. I don’t feel fully comfortable with any political movement, because one can’t go far with any one of them before one finds compromise and corruption.

      Nonetheless, Jesus told us to watch and pray, and at some point I cannot reconcile inaction with love. I see where humanism in high places wants to take our society and the world, and it’s an ugly place. So I do what I can to restrain it, hoping that waking people up can be used by the Lord for eternal purposes.
      bb,
      p.

  3. Doreen Saz
    November 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Muslims are coming to Christ en masse!

    That could be a good thing or that could be a bad thing. Let us pray very very hard.

    ‘In Christ there is salvation and fullness of Redemption”.

    blessings
    d

    • November 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm

      I’m not clear how Muslims coming to Christ can be a bad thing.
      bb,
      p.

  4. Doreen Saz
    November 13, 2009 at 10:28 am

    ‘Muslims coming to Christ’ is not a bad thing, of course;
    it’s the ‘en masse’ that gives me pause.
    blessings
    d

  5. November 13, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    It’s late in the day, but I still highly recommend that everyone read two books: The Obama Nation and The Case Against Barack Obama. I have reviews on both at Amazon. The first details his personal history and the second his political career in Chicago. Both are very well researched, and it is extremely concerning how America could elect a person of such extraordinarily low moral caliber to its highest office. It surely is a sign of God’s judgment, and indicative that, sans repentance, we are going to be doing some major reaping of consequences. America needs to stand for something, or it will fall for anything.

    Obama’s skill at lying puts even Bill Clinton to shame. He even almost had me believing him on his vote in the Illinois legislature not to provide a doctor to care for aborted babies born alive – a position even the most virulent pro-choice groups didn’t support – until I spent over an hour researching the issue and found out he was flat-out lying through his teeth to the America people.

  6. Doreen Saz
    November 14, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Paul
    Regarding the video, I don’t think Obama is saying he is a Muslim; the editing and cutting is certainly giving it the spin that the author wishes. This is what I mean by ‘you can’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see with your own eyes’. Below is comment by another person who saw the video. Too much fear is being spread among the American people; this is not good.
    blessings
    d

    comment:
    What a piece of propaganda! None of this proves anything except that Obama is a consummate politician! Bush quoted the Koran when it was convenient also!
    Visiting a mosque as a tourist (as he was obviously doing — he didn’t pray) doesn’t make one a Muslim anymore than visiting the great cathedrals of Europe makes one a Christian!
    And any one who would deny the contributions of Muslim scholars to astronomy, mathematics and architecture is just uninformed at best, bigoted at worst.

    • November 14, 2009 at 3:39 pm

      I had previously seen that video and also concluded that it was overdone. But at the same time I believe Obama has not been forthright about himself. For instance, the public records in Indonesia have his religion as Muslim. And I personally place no stock in his supposed conversion to Christ, especially considering the aberrant theology he exposed himself to for twenty years.

  7. November 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Also see:

    Fort Hood review may challenge political correctness up the ranks:
    Critics want Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey fired for being too concerned about ‘diversity’ amid Fort Hood carnage. Will Obama go that far?

    http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/11/14/fort-hood-review-may-challenge-political-correctness-up-the-ranks/

  8. Doreen Saz
    November 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Paul
    I’d appreciate it if you would delete that video that I sent on Obama; it is so full of untruths.
    thanks
    blessings
    d

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