You’ve probably seen the headlines from the past week or so. I’d just like to pass along a couple of personal observations.
First of all, let’s dispense with the obvious. I am against the building of a mosque at the Ground Zero site. I am against stabbing people. I am against drinking. I am against answering the call of nature anywhere but the appropriate places (the restroom or the woods). Burning Korans doesn’t really hurt my feelings, but it doesn’t necessarily accomplish anything, either.
What angers me is the increasing acceptance of the Islamic religion in our nation. The politicians, the pundits, and most of the preachers all want us to pity the poor Muslims, who are suffering an “explosion” of “hate crimes” against them.
Again, I’m not for anything that has happened in any of those headlines, but do you really think that cabbie was the only guy stabbed in NYC this week? Do you really think that was the only drunk in NYC that did something stupid this week? Do you really think a country book burn is worthy of global attention?
Let’s try to put this in perspective. The MSNBC article on the drunk begins with the line, “In the latest in a spate of anti-Muslim incidents over the last two days…” Really. A spate of incidents? You mean three news items, one of which involves violence? That’s what you’re calling “a crisis level of crimes against Muslims?” “A disturbing trend that will only continue to grow?”
Compare that to the “Ramadan Scorecard.” On the 16th day of Islam’s holy fast, the religion of peace has carried out 103 terror attacks worldwide and accumulated 472 dead bodies. Why haven’t those numbers made internet headlines? One reason and one reason only. They don’t fit the agenda being pushed on and accepted by the people of this country.
Again, a man in FL plans to burn the Koran. The headline claims this “Adds to Tensions.” Would somebody please remind me what started those tensions? Wasn’t it burning – not books – but buildings and the almost 3,000 people inside. Some misguided Muslims (those who actually believe and follow the Koran) burn buildings and bodies. A misguided preacher (who mistakes political activism for serving God) plans to burn some books. Muslims aren’t dangerous. Christians are. The scary thing is that the majority of the people in this country actually buy into that.
Now, let’s put this in a Biblical perspective. I am a Bible-believing Christian, living in America, watching my nation kowtow to a religion intent on taking it over. What is my response?
1. I should check my heart and make sure I am just as angered over the fact that the nation has rejected the true God as I am about the fact that it is embracing Islam. I should be just as angry about the drunkenness, immorality, and idolatry that has crippled this nation as I am about the religion it is accepting with open arms. Right?
2. I should remember that I’m part of the kingdom of God, not the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said in John 18:36, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. One day, Jesus will physical destroy all of His enemies. But His servants now are engaged in a far different fight. We are to earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 1:3). Not the country. Not the land. Not conservative values. The faith. The souls of lost men and women. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
So my course of action as a Bible-believing Christian does not involve protesting a mosque, stabbing a cab driver, desecrating a false house of worship, or holding a bonfire. My calling as an ambassador of God (2 Corinthians 5:20) is to preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). My duty is to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). The truth is that Mohammed will send you to hell just as quick as Buddha or Confucius or the pope or Joel Osteen. Jesus Christ is the only who can forgive man’s sins and save man’s soul (John 14:6), by grace through faith in His finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9). Amen.
Let’s be busy about our Father’s business (Luke 2:49), while we still can (John 9:4).