ISIS, Fight Back or Ignore?

ISIS beheading Christian men in orange jump suits

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Pro-life, in order to bring about and maintain life, to save lives, to change the heart towards the proliferation of life.  This is at the core of Christianity, the basis of why Jesus Christ came into this world and sacrificed Himself for us, to save lives and to give new life!

How can any religion say that their god is real and true, when their god promotes killing and hatred?  What kind of god is that?  If their god created life, then why would he promote taking it away?!

And what kind of people promote hatred and killing as a way of life?  Killing, hating, and the taking away of life is not of God Almighty, but of the devil himself!

There are times when even Christians must stand for what is right and defend themselves, and sometimes it includes killing.  There are times when war is justified, take a look at the old testament. 

If we sit back and ignore the times when we should fight back, are we not also to blame for the heinous atrocities that these evil people commit?  And if our own government resists this call to fight, is it also not to blame?

Knowing that we should do what is right, yet ignoring it, makes us just as guilty as doing the wrong thing!  And by not assisting those who are fighting this evil, we are in fact aiding the enemy.  ISIS is a case in point.  Our governments sit back and watch ISIS perform the most evil, wicked, and heinous acts against humankind, yet they do as little as humanly possible to fight them.  There are people in Iraq willing to step up to the plate and not only defend themselves, but attack this evil enemy ISIS.  Yet, how much aid and assistance are they being given?  Very little I’m afraid.

This my friends is the tragedy of a world gone mad!  A world in which right has become wrong, and wrong has become right.  A place where political correctness has taken the main stage and supersedes righteous and moral values. 

And although we know it will happen according to scripture, does this mean that we just sit back and do nothing?!  Does it mean that we stop standing for what is moral and right, stop aiding those in need, and stop defending righteousness?  Do we ignore the genocide of millions of Christians around the world and the slaughter of millions of innocent people world-wide, whether or not they are believers?

If we don’t act, then we are as guilty as those committing these crimes.  Say for instance that you were standing close to an elderly woman who was being mugged by a young assailant and you stood by and did nothing.  How would you feel?  Would you be convicted of not stepping in and fighting off the mugger?  If you walked by a woman being raped in a park, yet you did nothing and continued to keep walking, did you do the right thing?  If you drove past a car that you saw run off the road and into a telephone pole, yet you kept on driving and didn’t stop to help, are you guilty for not helping?

My point is that we as believers are not to only believe in what scripture tells us, but we are to live it!  We are to act out our faith, act the way Jesus would act.  I don’t believe for one minute that Jesus would walk by and allow any of the things that I mentioned to go on without intervening.  And there will be many who say “You’re comparing apples to oranges, it has nothing to do with war or ISIS”.  I wholeheartedly disagree!

You may not compare ISIS to an elderly woman being mugged, yet what’s the difference?  In fact, the acts that ISIS are committing happen to be much worse!  Most of the world complains about it, yet does nothing!

We cannot ourselves go to Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS, yet we can voice our beliefs to the government to do so!  We can vote people into office who have the wisdom and courage to do the right thing! 

War is ugly, not many people like it, but at times it is necessary, just as it is now.  ISIS is not going to suddenly disappear, nor are they going to just stop what they are doing because some people don’t like it, they need to be stopped!

I believe that there are many people, even Christians who think that as long as they are not directly effected by ISIS that we should just ignore them.  And believers who think that this is just the way the world is headed and the rapture will happen soon, so we should not intervene.  But, does anyone really know when the rapture will occur?  Do we know if the Lord will tarry?  No!  We are living in this world for now, and we will continue to live in this world until the good Lord takes us home.  I for one do not want to live in a world full of evil and wickedness.

We are the light and the salt of the earth, we are here to make the world a better place, yes, even though we are in the end times, especially in the end times!  We are to stand for what is righteous and holy, what is good versus what is evil, not just in words and thoughts but in actions.  We need to stand firm in our faith, and at the same time support those who do good and expose and fight against the evils in the world.  We all sin, we all make mistakes, but when a group of people set out to kill, torture, and plunder innocent people, then we must take a stand against them!

God is holy, righteous, and pure.  He loves everyone, yes even those committing these horrific crimes, yet He detests the acts they are performing, they are an abomination to Him!  There comes a time when a person’s heart can become so hardened that it will never again soften.  A time when the eyes of the blind are led by evil spirits and they have sold their souls to the devil.  This is ISIS.

The world is becoming so very dark, the evil around us is growing each day, we as believers are the light, and as the light we overcome the darkness.  And if we were not to overcome this darkness in the world, then why has the good Lord left us here at this time?

You may not agree with my beliefs or my opinions, and that’s ok.  We all have choices to make, whether they are right or wrong.  Listen to the Lord speak, follow His lead and the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  Ask Him what to do and which way to turn.

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

9 thoughts on “ISIS, Fight Back or Ignore?

  1. Sounds much like Bill Still…

    I’m a good deal more wary. The worldly are deaf to the Words of Christ (and likewise those who convey them). Those that are friends with the world are enemies of God. Those few that will be saved will listen.

    In brief then, this world is a spiritual disaster zone; it’s contaminated. Preserving has far more to do with helping rescue folks out of it than trying to save it. Salvation is in Christ alone, not by any superheroics in His place. He is the only way out.

    That said, His ministry of Vengeance (Isaiah 59:17/Eph. 6 and Isa. 61 / Luke 4) is not given to the church, but rather to the authorities, and holy angels. From Genesis through Revelation, He’s more than well able to stop atrocities. My point then is that helping Him with Salvation is given to the church, and helping Him with executing vengeance is not. Very like the difference between being firefighters and cops.

    Reminds me of Psalm 40.

  2. Reblogged this on Dave Alexander & Company with Ukuleledave and David Edgren — This is the original Artisan Craft Blog and commented:
    The world is becoming so very dark, the evil around us is growing each day, we as believers are the light, and as the light we overcome the darkness. And if we were not to overcome this darkness in the world, then why has the good Lord left us here at this time?

    Now there are some terrific words. Those men in orange, they are your brothers. The men in black? I pray they see the light, but doubt they will

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  4. Thanks Dr. Gary!

    However, I believe that there will be many Christians out there who adamantly disagree with me!

    God bless!

  5. Thanks for your comment Nomemoleste!

    The point is that this is not vengeance, but protecting the innocent from being tortured, raped, burned and buried alive, having young girls raped and sold into slavery. If this were to happen in your neighborhood, if ISIS were doing these atrocities to your family, would you not want someone to stop them? I sure would. Well, these things are happening to someones family, in someones neighborhood, and they are not equipped to defend themselves.

    Of course Christianity is about leading people to Christ, but is that all we are to do in this world? Are we to act as though nothing else is happening around us? I am not saying that Christians should be the ones to go out and stop ISIS, but someone needs to. I never said that the church should go after ISIS, but we should support those that do.

    God has given us governments who have the authority to form military forces, police forces, and the like. He has also given them power to create laws and penalties for breaking those laws. He did so to protect the innocent. If a person murders another, then the police have the right to arrest and prosecute them, they shall pay a penalty for their crime. Or do we let criminals just continue to commit these crimes unchecked?

    If someone were to break into your home and threaten to rape and murder your family, what would you do? Would you just let them do it, or would you do whatever it takes to stop them? I know that I would defend my family, neighbors, friends, or anyone else that I thought was being attacked.

    As I recall God told the Jews to take Jericho and destroy all those that were in it.

    Joshua 6:16-17
    “And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city! 17 Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.”

    God (the same today as He was yesterday, and will be forever) taught the Jews (His people) about warfare.

    Deuteronomy 20:1
    “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. 2 So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people. 3 And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; 4 for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’ “

    Deuteronomy 20:10-13
    “When you go near a city to fight against it, then proclaim an offer of peace to it. 11 And it shall be that if they accept your offer of peace, and open to you, then all the people who are found in it shall be placed under tribute to you, and serve you. 12 Now if the city will not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. 13 And when the Lord your God delivers it into your hands, you shall strike every male in it with the edge of the sword.”

    Did God not tell the Jews to destroy all those living in Canaan?

    Deuteronomy 20:16-18
    “But of the cities of these peoples which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance, you shall let nothing that breathes remain alive, 17 but you shall utterly destroy them: the Hittite and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, just as the Lord your God has commanded you, 18 lest they teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done for their gods, and you sin against the Lord your God.”

    These are just a few examples from scripture in which God commands His people to fight and kill. This is the same God of today, the same God that we worship and trust, Jesus Christ.

    God also gave the Jews a set of laws to follow and obey, and if anyone disobeyed them they would be sentenced to a punishment, one of which was being stoned to death.

    It’s not about taking vengeance, it’s about doing the right thing. It’s about preserving life. How many of these people who have been killed by ISIS just may have accepted the Lord if they still had the chance? Now they don’t! Even Jesus told His disciples to sell what they had and purchase swords (which are now the equivalent of assault rifles BTW). Why did He do that, were they for hunting? I think not!

    Allowing innocent people to be murdered, raped, tortured, burned alive, and sold into sexual slavery is tantamount to doing it ourselves! Just because we are believers does not mean that we just sit back and watch it all happen.

    You disagree with my views and beliefs, and I accept that. It’s time to act, faith without works is dead, believing in something without acting upon it is also dead.

    God bless Nomemoleste!

  6. As a soldier in the God’s Army and an Ambassador of Christ’s Kingdom, I don’t disagree with you Gordon. The “cops” that protect their own family are skilled in (drilled) and rightly wield the sword. That duty by-in-large falls to the parents in the absence of duly appointed authority. We have duties as citizens (of God’s Kingdom) that are different than those we have as Christ’s church. It’s important to know when the rules of engagement change — and when we cross from being “family” to being “citizens.”

    As jurors, our duties are more constrained (more tightly controlled). In current practice in the US, there’s a difference between civil and criminal courts. Our duties in the military are likewise more constrained. We’re able to use deadly force, but also subject to additional laws (for instance UCMJ). I’m happy for every person to know how to defend themselves and their families and neighbors. They should know that they have the duty before God and Heaven even if not the right (under worldly laws). Usually as you said, protection is through the police, the militia, the guard, etc. Instead of through the Hatfields and McCoys.

    I can’t in good conscience counsel anyone in the US join the enemy’s forces. There’s an issue of loyalty. Joining a foreign military or government is a clear example of shifting loyalty. Fast forward a bit. It’s obvious that the armed forces of the nations are under enemy rule during the time of Great Babylon and the 10 Horn rulers. Reverse back to the Nazi’s, Stalinists, or Maoist. Those saved have no obligation to join the armies of the damned. Christ set the example — He went to the cross — instead of calling down the armies of Heaven. Yet there comes a time when He returns leading the Armies of Heaven, after the holy angles have pretty much decimated the enemy. Those that return with Him to rule and reign during the millennial kingdom are the martyrs, and duly honored for their obedience to Christ’s example.

    Rev. 20:4-6
    And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:

    and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus,
    and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast,
    neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands;
    and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

    But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.
    This is the first resurrection.Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:

    on such the second death hath no power,
    but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

    Dr. Paul Craig in this John B. Wells interview, for all his bitterness, is accurate about the US…

    …Joel Richardson though describes a solution that didn’t not work (*)

    * Jeremiah 6:16 applies, If we – as a whole would but return to the old way, that of the New Testament church, it would work. But history and prophecy both show that’s not going to happen — because wide is the way that leads to destruction (damnation).

    What’s coming is that the Great Multitude in Rev. 7 come out of great tribulation. They follow Christ’s example.

    There’s a time for peace and a time for war.

    I have something more for you re: Last Trump and the Day of The Lord:
    Christ is also Captain of the Hosts (armies) — and the Revenger of Blood.

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