Saturday, December 05, 2015

WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THE POWERFUL SURGE OF RADICAL ISLAM?

Terror(ists) has one thing in mind; being dominant by producing fear.  Radical Islam is a global terroristic force.  Their targets are being groomed to fear.  Reports of unspeakable crime now flood the news market.  Talk shows, morning and evening news, and coffee shop chatter are currently experiencing a glut of newest developments coupled with grave concerns.

What shall we do about this?  Can anything be done about it?

Intimidation is the threatening operating code.  Strike and stun.  Spread the fear.  To me, this would then be a significant lead to effective defense and solution.

I raise a question with intended delicate care.  Is radical Islam advancing because aggressive Christianity has retreated?  I don't mean this to sound harsh; but merely asking us if possibly we have a solution without awareness of it.

Have we grown silent?  Has our faith gone to sleep?

Have we slipped into a slumber of comfort, handy, selective spiritualization among us? Is radical Islam finding free reign wherever it chooses because of a deradicalization of Christianity?  Have we been duped into believing that our battles were to be fought within the confines of brand, and doctrine, and worship style?

I believe we might awaken to the difficulty in front of us with new eyes; perhaps those of Ephesians 1:18 brand.  My desire is to put the rise up in our Christian walk and talk. Otherwise we will be mere targets for a trampling opposition.

So what is it we would expect from the invisible, non-sensical-appearing, power labeled faith?  We would expect God to deliver the weirdest provision which would push against the enemy.  Visit Judges chapter 7.

Gideon was facing a national opponent when he had but 22,000 troops; not enough to take the opposition.  The number was trimmed to 10,000 per God's reduction request. Then at 10,000 God told Gideon to bring the number down once again; but this time to 300.  These 300 moved upon the enemy in the strangest of approaches to the extent that they won hands down because the enemy became so confused.

This.  Is.  God's.  Style.  This is where faith lives; in that zone that can't be explained other than one believes God can when we can't possibly see what would work.

Today's experience of powerful radical Islam has much to do with the slumber and intimidation in the Christian realm.  There is a great need for us to arise; arise in prayer, arise in faith, arise in love (even for our enemies), and arise in confidence in God.  We will either complain or believe.  We will either bemoan or build through one element; what we speak.

Radical Islam is serious, it is ugly, it is dangerous.  It must be found to run head-on into a global nation who heeds the call as did Moses when in similar circumstance; Do not fear!  Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.  The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent (Exodus 14:13-14).

Rather than wringing our hands in worry, I want to be a part of the believing team who cheers us on the lift our hands in praise to God....even when times would offer terror.


2 comments:

Terry Rush said...

Tina Seward made two good comments on this post. Being non-tech, I accidentally deleted them and can't get them back. Tina, if you want to resend, I'll repost!!

Linda Dickerson said...

We will praise God and call on his name, Terry!!