Friday, September 11, 2009
Why are images like the one above absent from our newscasts? Why do we no longer see the towers fall? Must we be so politically correct that we can no longer remember?
Our enemies live on. There are those who pray for the death of the enemies of America. My church has "enemies of America" on our Wednesday night prayer list. We don't pray for vengeance; we pray that God would draw those who hate Him and hate us to Himself and redeem them from the evil one.
As an individual, (and as the church) we are called to love our enemies (Luke 6:27) and to pray for those who mistreat us (vs 28). To that end I hope I am being found faithful. As a secular nation, however, we are allowed to protect ourselves and to punish those who would seek to harm us. That is a very difficult fine line to follow as a believer and as an American. (When faced with this conflict, always choose Christ above country!)
We, as a nation, must not hate others. But, we must not also be misled by those who continually claim that Islam is a peace loving religion. It simply is not. Much ado has been made about the verses of the Koran that tout peace. The verses of the Koran that incite murder have been curiously and conveniently forgotten. Most Americans have not read the Koran. I understand why. If you are interested, you can find the English version here.
I have lived in three Muslim nations. One tribe that I lived among was so oppressed by Islam that they did not sing. An African tribe that does not sing! Who could have imagined!?! I know Muslims personally. I have employed many Muslims to work in my home and take care of my children. I still miss their presence in the life of my family. I am not finding faults with individuals; that would be ludicrous! I do find fault with a religion that does not speak of God in terms of love and forgiveness. I do find fault with a religion that denies the deity of Jesus Christ. I do find fault with a religion that promotes murder in order to gain favor with a god.
All of this to say: Remember, it was fanatical Muslims that murdered 2700 people 8 years ago today. Don't hate them; pray for their salvation.