As ISIS beheads 21 Egyptian, Coptic Christians in Lybia and shoots up a free speech forum, and kills two, in Copenhagen, Denmark just this week (not to mention the other recent events in Europe and elsewhere), we can see two common elements in the targets of Islamic jihad: open Christians & seculars that dare criticize Islam or its followers. As such, it’s amazing that even though such elements are in ready abundance here in the US, most people do not imagine that such attacks can, or will, take place on American soil. As Franklin Graham, head of Samaritan’s Purse and son of evangelist Billy Graham, has said, “The storm is coming.” It is certainly time that most Americans wake up to this fact.
So ask yourself: How are you preparing your family and your soul for this seemingly inevitable event? When the mall you’re shopping at comes under jihadi fire (literally), how will you respond? Should your church come under attack, what will you do? Will you cower or run? Will try to help others get to safety or help others who are hurt? Will you attempt peace? Will you return fire?
I’ve heard some of the men of my church, fully supportive of 2nd Amendment rights, that both carry and conceal, say that when “they” (meaning government, an intruder, a rioter, etc.) come to hurt his family or steal his food that his .357 will be there waiting for “them”. But, if they come to kill him because he is a Christian, then he is willing to lay down his life for the Lord. Does this make any sense? Just lay it down? For surely there is great reward for those who are killed and persecuted for Christ’s sake, but consider this passage of our heroes of faith from the book of Hebrews:
33who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.35 Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented–38 of whom the world was not worthy.