Last week seventeen people died in Paris as Islamist terrorists killed twelve in an attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and five more in an attack on a Jewish market. The resulting outrage prompted a rally in the streets of Paris of over 1.3 million people including more than 40 heads of state in support of free speech and against Islamist terror.
Journalists and other media personalities across the West responded in favor of free speech – repeating the phrase “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) in solidarity with the slain journalists of Charlie Hebdo.
At the same time, most Western media platforms and many government leaders responded with vehement claims that the murderous attacks were not in any meaningful way linked to Islam. They warned against a backlash against Muslims in our communities (despite the evidence that there was no violent backlash against Muslims following previous Islamist atrocities including the 9/11/2001 attacks in the United States).
Additionally,Western media and political leaders state that the Islamist terrorists are only perhaps one percent of the Muslim population, either ignoring or deliberately obscuring the fact that one per cent of the 1.3 billion Muslims on earth would be 13 million terrorists – far larger than the largest national armies on earth.
They discount the fact that, while most Muslims do not want to participate personally in jihad (holy war), a great number of Muslims are sympathetic with the Islamist terror movements and approve when Western targets are attacked.
They fail to acknowledge that the number and size of organized Islamist terror groups is growing rapidly throughout the 10-40 window across North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, and these terror groups are now recruiting heavily throughout the West.
Terror cells are also increasing in the United States, and police “no go” zones are expanding in rings around most major cities in Europe. French police document about 750 “no go” zones in France. Sharia law is enforced by Islamic leaders in the “no go” zones, non-Muslims are warned by authorities not to enter, and terror cells proliferate in the “no go” zones.
Western leaders and media generally say that Islamist terror goes against the teachings of Islam.
Either ignorantly or deliberately, they are unwilling to recognize that Qur’anic Islam is the blueprint used by Islamist terrorists to develop their strategy and plans to attack the West.
They ignore the historical fact that Islam has been spread primarily by coercion and force since the inception of Islam in the seventh century (AD). The Qur’an teaches that infidels (non-Muslims) must convert to Islam, submit to second class (dhimmi) status without rights, or be killed.
The convert-or-die history of Islam is largely ignored by political and media leaders in the West.
It is also telling to observe the overwhelming, self-important (and perhaps subconsciously racist and anti-Christian) response of Western journalism to the killing of a relatively few journalists in Paris when juxtaposed to the slaughter of over 2,000 black civilians (many of whome were Christians) in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga last week at the hand of Boko Haram, an Islamist terror group. The slaughter in Nigeria received barely a whisper in the Western press by comparison.
How should we then respond as Christians to the events of last week?
1) We must recognize that the attack of Islamist terrorists on the West (particularly on Christians and Jews) is only a symptom of the battle in the heavenly places between the armies of God and the agents of Satan.
2) We must put on the full armor of God and engage in that battle through the most powerful weapon in our Christian arsenal – prayer to the One and Only True God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
3) Our dependence and our faith must be placed in Christ alone, and not in governments to defend us nor in media to speak out on our behalf.
In short, we must be engaged in this battle with prayer and assistance for our persecuted brothers and sisters in regions dominated by Islam, with prayer for the repentance and salvation of the Muslims, and with prayer against Satan’s forces of evil in the heavenlies.
Despite having great sympathy for the families of those lost in Paris and despite serving 27 years in the Navy protecting and defending our nation and constitution, including the right of freedom of speech, I cannot say “Je suis Charlie” as so many have.
The cartoon journal Charlie Hebdo repeatedly produced pornographic and denigrating depictions of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our response to heinous cartoon renderings of our Lord must be prayer for the repentance of those responsible…certainly not the Islamist response of murder nor mindlessly saying, “Je suis Charlie.”