It’s (past) time to have a national conversation about faith, truth, and eternity

coexistI want to talk about Islam. I acknowledge but don’t want to discuss the presence in this country and others of peaceful, law-abiding Muslims. They do exist, I know. But the more important reality that we must address is one that is endangering our existence…at the very least, the continued existence of our hard-fought-for and closely-held freedoms.

We have been watching as Islamic militants forcibly take control of huge sections of Iraq and Syria in order to establish an Islamic state. Make no mistake, they have no intention of stopping there. It sounds alarmist, I know, but alarms are inappropriate and unwarranted only when they are false, or sounded too early. How long do we wait to warn of impending danger? When it’s at the door? Is that wise? Would that we had heard one on September 10, 2001.

Islam was birthed as a religion of conquest and it continues to grow as one. You don’t have to search long nor hard to find evidence of a vibrant, strategic, Muslim “underworld” of sorts, in this country and others, bent on world domination. It certainly doesn’t have the support of all Muslims, and many will claim that it’s not supported by the Qur’an neither. But the underworld certainly believes it does, and here are a few reasons why:

  • “Fight those who believe not in Allah…until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” – Surah 9:29
  • “Surely Allah has bought of the believers their persons and their property for this, that they shall have the garden; they fight in Allah’s way, so they slay and are slain. – Surah 9:111
  • “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves.” – Surah 48:29
  • “Muhammad said: ‘I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.’” – Sahih Muslim 30 (from the Hadith, a collection of sayings, teachings, and deeds of Muhammad)

So mostly unsuspecting people in all parts of the world, including the United States, are threatened by an ideology that has as its goal bringing them under submission to their god, Allah. Now, immediately many of my atheist readers will see a correlation to the Christian’s desire to see the world believe in and submit to the God of the Bible. I can affirm that desire. But there are a number of huge differences, not the least of which is a complete lack of a credible defense from the Christian holy book for forced submission. And we have not been confronted on a regular basis with news of Christians blowing themselves up for Jesus. The Crusaders of the Middle Ages were motivated in part by a desire to honor God, but their murderous actions were wholly unsupported by Scripture.

If we find this threat troubling and wish to see it eradicated, AND have no belief in any god, on what basis can we judge it? The Islamists are doing what they think is right and just. And if we DO believe in a spirit being we call God, how do we know that Allah is not the true god after all?

The time is now – we cannot wait any longer – to courageously confront the Islamic ideology that motivates terrorism, examine its truth claims, expose its deficiencies, and have some open and honest dialogue about the God that many of us claim to believe in, as we seek after what is really true. Those who acknowledge a spiritual dimension must recognize that this is a spiritual issue. Those who don’t, or won’t, will not understand it and will not be able to adequately meet the challenge it represents.

Lets not just coexist, though that’s desirable, of course, as far as it goes, and as long as everyone, including Muslim fundamentalists, valued true tolerance and eschewed hostility and conquest in the name of religion. But let’s also engage each other in a noble and necessary endeavor to discern truth about our selves, our origin, our purpose, and our destiny. Because our lives and freedoms, and more so, the same of our children and grandchildren depend on it.