EVER SINCE 2001, we have been surrounded by ‘The War On Terror™’. We hardly even notice it any more.
Going to the airport? You leave extra time for the intrusive searches of ‘security theatre’. Got internet-connected electronics or social media? You just know someone could be watching or listening or recording you. Heck, NSA (or the UK’s GCHQ) spyware might even be built into your game apps, like Angry Birds or Candy Crush. For your own good. Shrug.
What to do? The neo-Con Hawks tell us to bomb & war & nuke; moderates tell us to fight, but have a deadline; leftists tell us to surrender our culture and faith to Islam, to accept waves of ‘refugees’– and all sides tell us to surrender our freedom and rights for “Peace And Security™”.
I’m not for surrender, and will live, speak, and die– if need be– for the best of my civilization, and for my Christian faith. Not much for the Security State, or permanent “War On Terror’ Industrial War Inc.™, either.
Something else may well be happening in the Muslim world which will seriously aggravate Muslim and Secular Western regimes, since both love, above all else, to exercise power and control.
Who Is What-Now?
Along with this, millions more Muslims are being quietly converted to Christianity, at risk of social or family exclusion, in countries where Christianity is illegal, or a secret minority, where there may be few or no churches, or where ISIS and other Western-sponsored terror-groups are actively persecuting Christians (and other faith groups).
Likewise in China, Christian churches are growing to such a point that within a few years, over 200 million Chinese may be Christians, despite government torture, persecution, and concentration camps.
Crucify Silence Him!
Jesus & Muslims.. this is huge, world-changing news. CNN? BBC? MSNBC? New York Times? Obama? Trudeau? Crickets.
Can’t be having any of that religious stuff interfere with our march to social justice, group-think soft fascism, and secular paradise. Don’t want God interfering with things which we have decided are our business, thank you very much, and please remember the legal separation of Heaven and Earth, God and Man, Believer & State.
Unlike Moses, Socrates, Buddha, Mohammed, Guru Nanak, or any other great philosopher or religious leader, Christians proclaim that Jesus rose again from the dead, and is alive forevermore. He’s the Lord of the dead, and the living, says the Bible.
If he really is appearing in visions and dreams to Muslim people, and calling them to salvation– and to forsake Islamic War Without End, terrorism, suicide bombing, and cultural and social stagnation– then here’s a real opportunity for whole peoples and lands to be made new.
On The Other Hand
In the West, we’re religiously nuts, really. Heck, our teflon Prime Minister Selfie can even go to hate-mosques and still somehow pretend to be a Catholic AND a secularist in good standing at the same time– and then to tell people to conform to his views, no matter their religious faith. As Rex Murphy pithily puts it– “In Justin Trudeau’s world, Christians need not apply .”
The risen Christ being a busybody doesn’t fit with the various master-plans of the global and political elites, let alone the U.S. State Department, and the CIA-NSA-FBI Industrial complex– but Jesus has always been troublesome like that. When he speaks, the foundations tremble, the graves are broken open, the dead arise, the blind can see, the possessed are set free, the sick are healed, and people are brought to salvation and new hope, and resurrection.
Renewing The World
This mysterious happening in the Muslim world may also undercut some of the racism behind the anti-refugee & anti-Muslim rhetoric found in social media: they’re not subhuman rag-heads, Mud-slimes, and machine-gunning or nuking them all is not the actual answer.
The conversion of a single individual heart begins the transformation of the world. It’s bigger than an earthquake, a volcanic explosion, a level 5 hurricane.
Muslims are already children of God; and if saved in Christ, they become brothers and sisters in him with Christians around the world, in whom there is no Jew or Gentile, Male or Female, Slave or Free– caught up in unconditional love. There’s the lasting foundation of true & new ‘humanity’, without political correctness, mob-rule, or group-think.
But it involves the living God Himself: and while we may love his gifts of life, and love, and the good things of this world, we’d rather do without the giver. Such a busy-body, minding all the business, and changing all the things.
And the truth is this: we– along with Muslims– need a spiritual and personal renewal, a religious rebirth, a renovation of our tired and stagnant and shallow governments and denominations, and their practical atheism and cold heartedness– through a love of the risen and living Jesus Christ.