Lets cut to the chase. Your next door Muslim neighbor is probably a meek and kindly person. So are the Muslims I encounter here in Orange County.
But when a noted Islamic academic in the UK contends that it is perfectly just to die for what you believe--even if you do so with a bomb with nails and ball-bearings strapped to your chest in a marketplace full of innocent civilians--then should be clear to all, Islam is a religion of conquest and violence.
So, suicide bombing is a legitimate method of engaging in Jihad? That's the view of Dr. Azzamm Tamimi, who reminded his audience of 8000 that they were not European Muslims, but Muslims who happen to live in Europe. No such thing as Muslims being assimilated by local culture. Click here: Firebrand Islamic academic: 'dying for your beliefs is just' | the Daily Mail.
Such brutality is thick in Islam's history and its current practice. If Islam is truly a religion of peace and Jihad is only the personal struggle of the faithful Muslim--as we keep hearing--why don't peaceful Muslims denounce the rabid comments of such men as Dr. Tamimi? Their silence is deafening and telling.
Tamimi is right about one thing. The war on terror is a war on radical Islam. It is a war (on a national level) that we had better be prepared to fight and win. It is war which will last a generation or more. If not, what will the consequences be? Oceans don't protect us from such a threat.
As for the churches of the Reformation, we had all better be learning about Islam, as well as ways to effectively preach the gospel to and engage in apologetic dialogue with our Muslim neighbors. Who would have ever thought that foreign missions meant sharing the gospel with your Muslim neighbor in your own hometown? The Mosque down the street from Christ Reformed has more people in attendance on Fridays than we do on Sundays.
The irony is that twenty years ago this threat was not even on the radar. Who would have thought that American evangelicalism would become so doctrinally wimpy as to be helpless against Islamic growth and ideology? Seeker-centered worship and vapid felt-need oriented preaching are quickly exposed for what they are in the face of a threat like Islamic expansion. Islam is growing and expanding in most communities in the United States, probably yours. And what are you doing about it?
There is much work to do. It starts with trusting in the power of God to convert the most fanatical Muslim through the means of the preached gospel. But surely it doesn't end there.
Someone asked me a great question in regards to my post. What do Muslims want? Here, in part, is the answer.