Jun 21 2017
God named Ishmael ‘God hears’ before he was born. Years later, God heard Ishmael’s cry when he was perishing in the wilderness and opened his mother’s eyes to see a spring of water from which she gave him drink – and he lived!
Islam claims Ishmael as a spiritual forefather. Today’s Muslims are in the wilderness perishing and crying out for living water. Let the Church pray to the Father to reveal the well of living water, Jesus, so they might live!
Heads above the parapets
A parapet is a low protective wall along the edge of a roof, balcony or trench. The word parapetto (Italian origin) means to cover/defend the breast. To “raise one’s head above the parapets” means to take a risk, or to be brave enough to state an opinion that might upset someone. I first heard the phrase while listening to Mark Durie speak about his book The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom. Asked how Americans could protect their nation from the dangers within, he advised the following:
- Be strong about what you believe and have a bit of a thick skin when you’re called a bigot.
- Elect the right politicians.
- Demand your right to speak freely.
- There’s a culture of denial and silence [about Islam] among elites while ordinary people are not happy about Islam, so pay attention to who’s advising whom, who’s being appointed to which positions.
- Be active in your schools and speak out against the Islamisation of knowledge. Don’t accept texts and materials that promote Islam.
- Write, blog, just speak your mind.
He concluded by saying, “The more heads above the parapets the better”.
Heads of a different sort than what Durie called for are rising above the parapets. Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project says that terrorist attacks in the West are calculated to produce anti-Muslim backlash and persecution that will push Western Muslims to fully reject the West and rally to the radicals. Police-reported hate crimes against Muslims (especially vandalism of mosques and harassment of women in hijab) are on the increase in Canada. Many Canadian Muslims admit they feel threatened.
The way of Muhammad is to exact revenge for every perceived insult to Islam, including Western aggression against Muslim lands and interference with Islamic jihad, but this mindset just capitalizes on the natural sinfulness common to humans – the desire for revenge. Christians are clearly instructed to love [our] enemies and pray for those who persecute [us] (Mt 5:44) and not to take revenge but to leave room for God’s wrath (Ro 12:19-21). Hard to do sometimes when we know His capacity and tendency for mercy!
While we must not take revenge, a sound principle of spiritual warfare is to defend what is ours, what God in His goodness has given us and with which we are to bless our communities, our nation and the world.
Spend some time in Matthew 5:43-48, repent and ask the Lord to purify your heart from ungodly mindsets that lead to resentment and a vindictive spirit.
Express gratitude for being brought from darkness into His Kingdom of light (Col 1:13-14). Knowing His love for the world, cry out that Muslims not die in their sins, but drink Jesus’ living water and live!
Seriously consider asking the Lord how He is calling you into the practical world of raising your head above the parapets to defend freedom of religion and freedom of speech in Canada that God in His wisdom has given us to bless multitudes (1 Ti 2:1-8).
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