Today Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sent a confusing signal to the world about his intentions. As we publish this post, he has not resigned. In a few hours, Muslims will be at their Friday prayers. Possible scenarios include Islamist foment and control.
While God alone sees the future, He calls us to live “sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age” (Tit 2:12 NASB). Living sensibly in 2011 is understanding the agenda of Jihadism.
Darrow Miller, in a forthcoming book, puts it like this:
We are faced with secular and Jihadist ideologies who know who they are and what they are about. They have a narrative that guides their lives; they want to impose these ideas on the world.
… on August 23, 1996 … Osama bin Laden issued his multi-page Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places. … “These youths [the Jihadists] love death as you love life,” he wrote. “These youths will not ask you for explanations, they will tell you singing there is nothing between us [that] need[s] to [be] explained, there is only killing and neck smiting.”
These chilling words go to the heart of the conflict between the Jihadists and the West: they love death as much as we love life!
Today, many academics, reporters, and government view the world through an atheistic and materialistic set of glasses. They see all problems and their solutions through political and economic lenses. They cannot understand how Jihadists can be motivated by religious belief.
No one in today’s world can justify being ignorant of the Jihadist threat to freedom and security.
– Gary Brumbelow