It’s easy to feel paralyzed by the rising wave of terror attacks today. Global politics have kept me on my toes. They have also inspired me to speak out more. Sexy photos, funny statements, angry memes and kittens on social media are somewhat cute but what will it take to penetrate apathy ?
As a survivor of terrorism in my native Ireland, my recovery journey has been long and difficult. Facing denial. Finding my voice. Speaking truth with love. Finding courage to share my experience strength and hope. Talking and writing about the dynamics of terror, in an increasingly, politically correct world.
This Christmas I’ve enjoyed seeing the beauty of lights strung from trees, homes and places of worship. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The Irish statesman Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Remaining silent in the face of evil is not an option for me. Leaders have failed to educate us about the real threat we face today as a nation. I’ve lived through bombing campaigns and atrocities committed in my community. I feel I have a responsibility to warn the public about a threat that is even greater than what I experienced.
The threat and the enemy is radical Islamic terrorism.
Many of my European sisters and brothers feel like a Muslim invasion of Europe is underway. Genuine refugees who should be protected are no longer welcome because of the rancid rape culture of criminal elements who are seeking refuge too. My heart aches over Sweden which has become the rape capital of Europe. Half of the women in Sweden are afraid to go out after dark.
I’ve read reports that say Judges, the Police and the Media are conspiring to keep the depravity hidden and rapists are not being held accountable for their crimes. Progressive politicians in the name of “equality” have been accused of making it (rape) the female’s fault.
In Germany just this week a suspected radical Islamic attacker – a bogus asylum seeker who came to the country in February under a false name – murdered 12 and injured dozens gathered at the Christmas market.
Across the pond, here in the USA president-elect Trump continues to build his team. Some are encouraged by his selections while others are outraged. His language, behavior and tone alienates people. His demand that all Muslims need to register alienates and may have the opposite effect of what he intends. Instead of containing a threat, it may encourage Muslims, out of fear, to radicalize.
However Trump IS consistent in calling radical Islam what it is. He names the enemy. Many leaders have failed to educate us about the real threat. I’ve been talking about this threat for fifteen years in and out of Church circles, and I feel that my words have fallen on deaf ears.
We need to get the politics out of threat assessment. Rule # one of war is to understand and name your enemy. If you’re not allowed to speak truthfully about the enemy, it’s going to be very hard to win the war against them.
I am mindful of the generation born just after the end of World War Two. Or in the words of Prince Charles, “those who fought the battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and an inhuman attempt to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe. That nearly 70 years later we should still be seeing such evil persecution is, to me, beyond all belief. We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past.”
In my opinion, the problem is not with Muslims who make up 1.6 billion of the world’s population. This just happens to be about the same population of Russia. About 90 % of Muslims do not have a radical perspective. The problem lies with the seven to ten percent around the world who do have a radical perspective. This ten percent believe they should use violence to create a Global Islamic Kingdom.
I see three dynamics at play;
1.There are ruthless radical Islamic leaders, and an enemy who is trying to bring about the end of the world as we know it.
2.There is a rapidly growing rape culture. In many Muslim cultures women are considered less than human.
3.There is an eternal aggressor who manages to be the eternal victim.
Noteworthy too are the strategic and tactical differences between the way radical Shia (Persian, Iran) and Sunni Muslims see the arrival of the 12th Iman, and the ushering in of the end of times. Theologically, radical Sunni Muslims believe that you can accelerate the coming of the 12th Iman. If you have a sword and an A-47 you can create carnage and chaos and usher in his arrival of the Global Islamic Kingdom. Al Qaeda, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, and ISIS believe this.
Radical Shia Muslims have a long-term view. They focus on nuclear power, inter-continental ballistic missiles, and want to launch global thermonuclear war.
In a nutshell radical Islam says we will use force and violence to drive infidels out of holy land places. Their goal is to totally eradicate infidels. If we don’t convert they will kill us.
But fear not friends for Christ has come! The light of the world came to bring people out of darkness and into His marvelous light! And he commands us to Make Disciples of ALL those who know him not. Together we can complete the task. I’m encouraged by the unprecedented amount of Muslims coming to faith in the Middle East. Many are seeking truth though satellite TV, radio and the Internet. Some are reading the Bible and examining the claims of Christ for the first time. Others are seeing dreams and visions of Jesus. And they are coming to faith in numbers we’ve never seen before.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16