One consistent observation I hear coming from opposing sides of the political spectrum is that the world appears to be going to hell in a hand basket...so to speak. As those on the far right continue to blame Obama and progressives for their ineffective foreign and domestic polices, and as Obama and progressives continue to stay the course and blame Bush and racists on the right for things Obama has no control over, the world is devolving into chaos.
Many in the evangelical community are voicing what so many have claimed over the decades and centuries: Christ’s return is imminent...look at the signs.
Answering His disciples’ questions about His return, Jesus said, “you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name. And at that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many. And, because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:6-12 NASB)
Certainly this world has seen similar times of chaos. Maybe the proliferation of social media around the globe has intensified the impact of worldwide chaos on people at a personal level. When ISIS beheaded Jim Foley, I was personally shaken, not because he was the first to suffer such barbaric and cowardly execution, but because I could much more easily identify with Foley than with the thousands ISIS and other Islamic terrorists have tortured, and brutalized and murdered in the name of Allah and the prophet.
Nothing unifies people like a common enemy in a common war. Islamic terrorists have been at war against the world, and even among Islam’s many sects, from the days of Mohammed. From the 1980s on, Islamic terrorists have been poking America in the eye with such attacks as Beirut bombing of Marine barracks in 1983. A series of Islamic terrorists’ attacks during the 1990s led up to 911, the first time in modern history America had been attacked on her own soil.
911 was a turning point at which Americans of all stripes joined together in recognition of a common enemy: Islamic terrorism. And, we vowed together to fight this brutal yet cowardly foe.
This all changed when Obama became president and forbade the term “Islamic terrorism” to be used. He also forbade the term “war on terrorism.” He has done everything in his power to distance terrorism from Islam, and he has done everything in his power to rename terrorism as crime. Thus, the Ft. Hood shooter who shouted “Allahu Akbar” while killing 13 service members and wounding more than 30 others was charged with workplace violence, not terrorism.
The world has become a more dangerous place in the past 6 years. ISIS says they are coming to attack Americans at home and will raise their black flag over the White House. We should take Islamic terrorism seriously...again.
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