World War Three: the Global Jihad, is being fought from two directions
The first direction is defensive. And this stance is needed to win.
It is necessary to combat the Jihad movement “over there,” wherever “there” is. It’s a nasty, dreadful, hideous job. And the American public – saturated with the mindset of sitcom-quick answers – is anxious to channel-flip away from Iraq. Muslims are in it for the long haul, and recent history tells them that all that is necessary to win it to keep the (relatively) small blows comin’; a bomb a day sends the US away. Currently we lack the will to defeat evil, and some of it is we don’t know how. I wonder if “the greatest generation” that brought victory in WWII would have had the support from home to beat Hitler if they had the internet and 500 channels of cable. At the time, the Allied military (the good guys) accounted for only 25% of the deaths in WWII. Allied civilians accounted for fifty eight percent; That’s over 41 million people, before the wars’ end. For a long time, peace-loving decent people let Hitler and Hirohito stomp their bloody boots everywhere they wanted (and we’re doing that now). Overwhelming civilian deaths is what it had to come to for good people to do something. More than one hundred times as many US soldiers died in WWII than have died in Iraq (both times). Yet 70 years ago we found the courage as a nation to join with other nations to beat two evil monsters.
We have a new evil monster: Islamic Jihad. And this monster is tougher, and more sinister. Tougher, because it’s not contained in neat little geographic areas. Like a cancer: it has no boundaries, and can quietly metastasize deadly tumors anywhere it chooses in our un-immunized world. The number one Saudi export is not oil; it is radical Wahhabi Islam taught in Mosques in the US and worldwide, 90% funded by the Saudis. In the name of tolerance of germs everywhere, we allow it to infect us. Despite the fever it produces, it warms us, because we can be smug about the diversity of our thinking. That kind of enlightenment is killing us. If a christian Scientist says “no” to life saving drugs and willingly dies because of it, that’s one thing. But the survival of our nation, as well as the survival of God-given human dignity is at stake. The cancer of Islam loves death; and hopefully we still have a flicker of “love or life.” We need name the disease, surgically remove it, and apply chemo to whatever’s left, so that we might live.
Islamo-fascism is more sinister because the jihad movement is not based on a political goal or an economic grievance, or even against one group of people. For Muslims it is an all-encompassing way of life. Islam is the way Muslims think about politics, social interaction, and personal behavior, and everything must conform. You can’t point out it’s failures (like communism) and let the rest stand. It is based on strict adherence to Islamic beliefs in the Koran; More correctly, the eradication of all that is not Islam, including those within Islam that are not Islamic enough. In that respect, no amount of chemo will inoculate us; we will always have to get booster shots. From Spain to Indonesia, from Turkey to Sudan, they’re setting up shop, and they’ve nearly got the former area from the “Golden Age of Islam” reconquered. With immigration and extraordinary birth rates, they are moving in and taking over. They are a large percentage in France, Great Britain, and other formerly great countries that are daily giving in to the cancer’s demands. Like WWII, are we going to wait until millions of kafir’s (unbelievers) are killed before we take action? Indeed, how will we take action when the enemy lives within us? They are not waiting to invade; they’re already in! How will we remove the cancer without destroying the body? The core idea from Jihadists that the world needs to hear is: non-believers (of Islam) will be subjugated or killed. Victory over the approaching horror requires a new strategy, a new way of fighting evil that we have never done before: to establish the supremacy of Christianity in the battle of ideas.
It is not enough to just sweep a house [or a nation] clean of evil (Matthew 12:43-45). You need to fill it with good – the Spirit of God needs to occupy the house – or it will just end up more corrupt and evil than before. So…
The second direction is offensive. And this stance is needed to win.
I believe that most Muslims would become Christians if they knew the truth about both Islam and Christianity. Christianity offers freedom. Islam is a dead end; the only assured way out is death in a holy war. That’s why they love it. The western mind cannot grasp this: they love death. Preschoolers in Arab countries sing songs about the joy of martyrdom, write poetry on the hatred of the west, and their parents are so proud. Many hope and pray Allah will allow their children to be martyred. This is not extreme; This is their norm. It’s been the standard teaching in all Islamic countries for decades. How are we going to deal with that?
It is not enough to pummel your enemies into submission in order to defeat them. In the case of Muslim radicals, they only go into temporary hiding. The good news is our enemy does think pummeling the infidel into submission is sufficient. No imam anywhere has made the case for why someone outside of Islam should choose Islam willingly; But of course they would be quick to say you must obey; Islam means “submit,” and that must come at any cost. Islam is a religion of external powers forcing compliance of religious rules amongst its adherents. For long(er) lasting peace, it is necessary to give people both a reason and a way to pursue a better way: Christianity.
Here is the reason.
If you say to a Muslim during Ramadan, “Happy Ramadan.” They will tell you that is not what it is all about. Ramadan is a time of contemplation, and consideration of how one can better submit to Allah and honor his dictates in the Koran. Allah is not to be “enjoyed,” he is to be “obeyed.” This is what a billion or so Muslims worldwide get to swallow. It is a fearful religion, and – except in the case of martyrdom, a guaranteed ticket to heaven – you must try to be good enough at obeying to be found faithful enough to enter into paradise. That is why they love martyrdom. That is why so many Muslims willingly take the heavy rules: since there is nothing inside that compels one to perform correctly, anything external might give one a better chance to get to heaven. Not to mention that anyone who questions the method will be chastised even more. I’m reminded of the saying, “The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves!” Families threaten death on their children so they might comply. So yes, beat me into submission; and I might make it to heaven.
In the battle of ideas, Islam has no footing, and Christianity has everything to stand for. This side of the battle will be won one-on-one. A Muslim who asks you questions will likely do it in secret (see the link above); and you’d better respect that secret to protect their life. Remember, God loves them.
Christianity is all about a relationship with Jesus Christ, who says, “I no longer call you servants … instead I have called you friends.” (John 15:15) I don’t know that any Muslim reading this can really comprehend that. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yolk of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) I don’t know that any Muslim reading this can really comprehend that. “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons …” (Romans 8:15). I don’t know that any Muslim reading this can really comprehend that. “Freedom.” “Friends.” “Sons.” Christianity is about revering God in a family-type relationship.
This offensive is critical in this war. Christianity offers life.
Here’s the Way.
Muslims get this: God loves you. He is not waiting for you to screw up so he can harm you. He loves you. He knows you’re tarnished, and you can’t make it into heaven without someone paying the price of that clean-up job. So He offered to do it Himself. He came down from heaven in the person of Jesus Christ, who was not tarnished in any way, and he offered to put all of your tarnish on Him (through His death and resurrection) if you will just say “yes” to this offer. There is no prescribed way to do it. You can say “yes” right now in a short heartfelt prayer. If you do that, the bible says you are “born again,” and nothing and no one will ever take that away from you. That – not martyrdom – is a blessed guaranteed ticket to heaven. God has paid it, you just take it, and then the Holy Spirit fills you with an ability to live the holy life as you listen to His promptings.
More good news, (former) Muslims: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Do not use your liberty for selfishness (Galatians 5:13), but rather use the gifts God has given you to glorify Him by helping others. And where you don’t get it right, don’t worry, because, “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
The God of Love is bigger than the god of fear.
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