The contrast between the US and the nation ISIL/ISSI wishes to establish is enormous.
Last week, I wrote about our great nation and the vision of independence our Founding Fathers had for us when they gave us the Constitution. These great men established a country of freedom. Their faith in God led them to found this nation with liberty and justice for all. Male, female, black, white, or brown, all are equal in God’s sight and in our country. We have freedom of religion. We can choose to believe or not as we see fit. We can agree to disagree about all kinds of things and still remain countrymen. We hold our God given rights of liberty, freedom and pursuit of happiness close to our hearts.
ISIL is also a group of religious men who wish to establish a religious state, only an Islamic one. However, in contrast to the Christian forefathers we had who want everyone to be free, these men want to remove the rights of women and restrict religious freedom to only their beliefs. Anyone who is not currently of their faith, is given a choice: convert, pay a tax and submit to their religious state, or die.
The difference between our two philosophies is dramatic to say the least. It has been the goal of the Unites States to spread freedom and democracy around the world. Allowing each country and its people to establish their own brand of freedom and laws. Some try to make us out as warmongers who deserve whatever we get. However, we see our country as peacekeepers who sometimes get sucked into conflicts we would rather not be in. We simply want other countries to enjoy freedom and liberty too.
Yet for groups like ISIL, religious purity, total submission to their faith and expansion of their beliefs worldwide through dominance is the goal. In their minds, the two ideologies …Islam and Christianity (or any other religion for that matter) cannot co-exist and we believe they are right.
It is our personal belief, these extremists will be part of the darkness ahead. If not directly, then indirectly. We realize not all Muslims are evil, but those in these radical groups are and their voice is much louder than their peaceful counterparts. We must understand, the fanatics hate us and our way of life. They wish to destroy us and put us under their rule, where we submit or die.
Part of our preparation must be to understand what they believe and what their goals are. We must prepare our hearts for the day we have to defend our faith and our lives from their extreme religious views. We must hide the Word in our hearts should the day come our Bibles are taken from us either by religious zealots or a tyrannical government. Both threaten our way of life. I sometimes wonder if some in our government hope to use groups like these to bring chaos to our country, so they can take over and change our way of life too.
Any way you look at the things that may happen in the days ahead, they look dark. However, no matter how hard things might get…Jesus is Lord. His love will never die and he will never leave or forsake us.
We encourage you to walk in love. We must do a better job spreading the Word of Jesus Christ and his love for the world. Our genuine faith in a living and risen Lord. We must love God, love people and serve both. This is the only way the world will see a difference between our faith and theirs.