I am unsure how many more wish to hear about the crisis in our world. Daily acts of violence and murder against innocent Christians and Jews are being reported all the time. The recent massacre in Paris is just one instance in a war that is being waged for global domination by Muslims. A bloodbath took place in Nigeria where Boko Haram murdered 2,000 non-Muslims and burned the village to the ground. In Pakistan another 145 were attacked and murdered; this time young students, mostly Christians. Here in Ottawa Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in his failed attempt to murder government officials was reported to have left behind a recording where he spoke of his mission as a form of jihad. A couple of days earlier another attack; this time against two members of the Canadian Armed Forces who were purposely struck by a car in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., driven by Martin Rouleau who had converted to Islam a year earlier. In these and many other acts of terror the Quran instructs the killing of infidels, who happen to be any who are not Muslim. What is even more disturbing is that from its inception, beginning in the latter part of the 7th century to now with a few relative periods of peace which happened mostly due to nations who rose up to defend themselves, that much of the Islamic aggression and violence stemmed from a strict adherence to the Quran. Surprisingly many in the West seem quite ignorant about the Quran and its teaching. A perfunctory reading of the Quran finds at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with non-Muslims and to kill them if they refuse to convert. Quran 2:191-193. 2:224, 2:216, 3:56, 4:74, 76, 4:89, 95. 104…etc.1 For those who are not Muslims the choices are clear: either convert, face death or become subject to dhimma, a formal pact that allows a non-Muslim to escape execution by paying an oppressive tax and follow a strict code of conduct which subjects the individual to legal, social and religious discrimination. Mohammed saw its worth as this form of slavery became an economic resource, especially where financial substance and bureaucratic needs in Muslim communities were largely inadequate and subsequently met by Christians and Jews who were forced to accept these conditions or die. It continues even today in some Islamic lands such Syria, Egypt, Indonesia, Turkey, and Iran to name several. You can be sure that where Shariah law is imposed that servitude and subjugation follows. If any defiance is sensed or met, it may lead to even greater consequences. While one member under dhimma may offend, it may be treated as though the whole Christian community is responsible and therefore must bear the burden of collective guilt and pay the price of collective retribution. Even a breach by a single individual dhimma could result in jihad being enacted against the whole community. This may explain why there is no public outcry from those living under the Islamic regime against these repressive arrangements since to do so would invite greater punishment.
Many of our government officials do not appear to take seriously Islam`s history and practices. It is public knowledge that Kathleen Wynne, our provinces` premier, supports Shariah Law to decide family disputes among Muslims. Fortunately she and her party`s attempts to do so were frustrated back in 2004-05. The outcry from Muslim women alone was evidence enough that its laws would ultimately restrict the rights of Muslim women and children. It should be observed that wherever Shariah Law is practiced a form of dhimma exists and closes the gap for a future Islamic State. Politicians like Wynne wish to appear accommodating by giving approval to Islamic prayers in certain schools; 2 the same schools where Christian prayers are no longer heard, or as President Obama did at the United Nations, by speaking in glowing terms of Islam’s past, yet while on his home soil making sure never to use the word Muslim to describe the many jihadist killings in America today — only serve to dull the collective consciousness of the nation to the ever growing threat of Islam that we all must face.
What can be done? Anyone who is a Believer should tell the truth even against the tide of political correctness and self-censorship. The silence of fear must stop. God tells us that there is one truth. It is in Christ. Some do not know Christ or His Word but may discover what our young adults did when they personally experienced salvation. They understand that Christ Himself and His Word are true. The following response is drawn from our young adults about the growing global threat and what Christians can do about it:
For starters, Christ calls Christians to conduct spiritual warfare: not the type with swords and guns, but in prayer and witness. Christ’s Words can be so sweet yet can also be painful such as giving up everything in our life for Him. It is difficult indeed to live up to such a command. But do not forget that it was He who chose to open our eyes; to reveal Biblical truth for us to see. The people of this world walk around as though blindfolded; they do not see the truth about life and salvation on their own but God can make them see and often sends a believer their way in order to explain the gospel to them. Christians are not to be silent and fearful but are to share the gospel. The Muslim is quick to defend their people and religion. We Christians are not putting up a strong enough battle for their souls. Our brethren are being persecuted (in Islamic countries). We should live our lives as though we were experiencing the same hardship as though it were ours and to make every effort to love the Muslims and pray for them that they get converted. Many Muslims are looking for something but do not know the gospel. You cannot find hope in the Quran. The Bible teaches that Christians must persevere until death or the return of Christ. This will be followed by Judgement where all injustices will be judged and punished. Our victory is in Jesus. God was victorious on the cross, where He bound Satan, and bought us with His redeeming blood.
After hearing this you can see why that staying true to our calling as ambassadors for Christ is important. He sacrificed His life for us so we should commit our lives to Him. Christians are to operate purely out of love and concern to win converts with the gospel, and not to stop for anything!
In two weeks time, join us for part 2, the most important thing in understanding Islam.
1 The Religion of Peace.com/Violence
2 Kathleen Wynne`s Muslim Support – Toronto Sun http://www.torontosun.com/2013/01/29/kathleen-wynnes-muslim-support