The argument is now often made that “Christians ought to be willing to allow themselves, and/or their family, to be killed by an Islamic terrorist, to show the love of Christ.”
Well, let me unequivocally say this. I am more than willing to die for MY faith. But, I am NOT willing to die, or allow my family to do so, for HIS faith! And, that is precisely what Islamic extremists are doing. They are killing for their faith and ideological belief system.
I’ve been asked many times why I describe Islam as an “ideology” rather than a mere “religion.” Because Islam is far more than a mere religion. The Shariah Law component of Islam makes it so. There is a judicial, legal, political system within Islam. In other words, Islam dictates ALL aspects of the adherents life. And, not just the individual’s life. Islam dictates the legal, political, judicial life of the nation where it is in the majority. So, it’s far more than a mere “religion.”
As was the case in Germany with the rise of the Nazis (when German Christians refused to see the evil of Hitler), blindness is far too prevalent today with respect to Islamic belief. “Christians” are defending the defenseless by coddling an ideology that, for 1400 years, has always advanced itself via the sword. Additionally, those same believers viciously criticize those of us who like Detrich Bonhoeffer attempt to issue a clarion warning of the approaching evil.
Though I don’t relish the illogical, hateful, and Scripturally absent intolerance that I sometimes hear from well-meaning individuals, I will gladly be the recipient of those misplaced attacks, if it will challenge some to think more Biblically and correctly. And, I will gladly be called unloving, as was Paul in the book of Ephesians, for standing by the truth.
Standing against the unmitigated perpetration of evil against innocents is not unloving! Rather, it is the essence of genuine love. Like myself, many a missionary has spent his/her life telling the good news of the gospel to individual Muslims–dear ones we love greatly. But, loving the individual does NOT mean tolerating the evil ideology in which they’ve become enslaved. No, love addresses that evil belief truthfully.
Again, I say, I AM MORE THAN WILLING TO DIE FOR MY FAITH. BUT, I AM NOT WILLING TO DIE (OR ALLOW MY FAMILY TO DO SO) FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S FALSE FAITH. That’s especially true when that false faith advocates to the killing of innocent individuals–like those in Manchester, England, Paris, San Bernadino, New York, or Washington, DC.
President, HOPE Ministries International/HOPE To The Hill
President, North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN)
Co-host, Stand In The Gap Radio