Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Christian Response to Terror?

Reading about the motivations and fanaticisms of radical Muslim terrorists reveals much about this war we find ourselves in.

Traditional warfare seems ineffective, and negotiation -- as Monty Python used to say -- is right out. Islam needs to be blown up from within. Not in a violent, military way; we should not rely on carnal weapons (though sometimes those are necessary, sadly). Only the Holy Spirit can accomplish this work. Christendom should go on a prayer Crusade, vigorously and continuously praying that these "devoted" accolytes of Mohammed are miraculously transformed into followers of the only true God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Also, we should overcome evil with good, healing the sick and ailing in Muslim countries, feeding their hungry and so on ... and doing it all in the all-powerful name of Jesus Christ. The Enemy has no defense against these kinds of attacks. The Crescent must fall to the Cross.
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:15-16

Let that sink in ... "Bless those who persecute you ..." That's one of those truths you could meditate on for your whole life and never really understand, much less fulfill.