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.