Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
How to Lose a War
05/14/2009 - James WhiteThe only weapon that can win the war against a constantly advancing and militaristic Islam is the Holy Spirit of God applying the gospel of Christ to the hearts of Muslims and bringing them into a true and full relationship with God through Jesus. A dying secularist West may have all every kind of technology at its disposal, but it lacks the heart to survive. Secularism breeds a culture of death, and it sucks the spirit and life out of mankind, reducing him to a mere animal, robbing him of purpose and life. It cannot survive against an advancing, militant Islam.
So in light of this observation, it is truly a sign of God's judgment on the decadent West to read this story. The May 5th story from Reuters reports,
U.S. military says Afghan bibles have been destroyedWell, it surely hasn't been their intention to save the lives of tens of thousands of Christians suffering and dying in Iraq, either (Matthew 18:6).
KABUL (Reuters) - Bibles in Afghan languages sent to a U.S. soldier at a base in Afghanistan were confiscated and destroyed to ensure that troops did not breach regulations which forbid proselytizing, a military spokeswoman said.
The U.S. military has denied its soldiers tried to convert Afghans to Christianity, after Qatar-based Al Jazeera television showed soldiers at a bible class on a base with a stack of bibles translated into the local Pashto and Dari languages.
U.S. Central Command's General Order Number 1 forbids troops on active duty -- including all those based in Iraq and Afghanistan -- from trying to convert people to another religion.
"I can now confirm that the Bibles shown on Al Jazeera's clip were, in fact, collected by the chaplains and later destroyed. They were never distributed," spokeswoman Major Jennifer Willis said at Bagram air base, north of Kabul.
Military officials have said the bibles were sent through private mail to an evangelical Christian soldier by his church back home. The soldier brought them to the bible study class where they were filmed.
Trying to convert Muslims to another faith is a crime in Afghanistan. An Afghan man who converted to Christianity was sentenced to death for apostasy in 2006 but was allowed to leave the country after an international uproar.
"It certainly is, from the United States military's perspective, not our position to ever push any specific kind of religion, period," chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen told a Pentagon briefing Monday.
Here is the video that started it all:
The tribes in Afghanistan have been warring for literally thousands of years. They will continue to until Christ returns. It is foolishness, beyond measure, to think that anyone can bring a political solution to such lands. The political divisions are merely the symptom of the deeper source of division, which is religious. Secularists in the West cannot wrap their minds around the union of religion and state that is part and parcel of Sharia. It defies their understanding.
Consider the gross hypocrisy of what took place in Afghanistan, and the utter dhimmitude (submission to Islam by non-Muslims) it entails. Can you imagine the United States military burning Qur'ans so as to not offend Christians? What if someone had filmed Muslim soldiers holding a Qur'an study? Would anyone have gone ballistic? These soldiers are risking their lives in a nation where if you dare to choose to follow Christ and leave the Islamic religion you will be killed. And what do Westerners do? Oh, don't offend! Do they not realize that it is just this kind of dhimmitude that the Muslims recognize is the best sign of the weakness and lack of resolve of those they fight against?
Yes, I am fully aware of the "political realities" of the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, etc. But as long as people keep looking to politics to bring peace, there will, of course, be no peace. Shame on anyone who was involved in the destruction of the Christian Scriptures. Where is the outcry? There would be riots in major cities all across the world if this had happened to the Muslim Scriptures. But you see, folks know Christians won't kill anyone over the desecration of their Scriptures. And so it goes on.