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Rifqa Bary: Will Justice Prevail?

I’ve written previously about Rifqa Bary, the 17-year-old who ran away from her Muslim parents because she fears for her life. Bary, who converted to Christianity, says she believes her family will kill her for leaving the Muslim religion. She is currently living in Florida, but the family is using the court system to get her back.

A Florida judge has ruled that he has no jurisdiction in the case, and that she should be returned to Ohio to stay temporarily with a foster family until the matter is resolved.

Another twist in the case is that her parents are in the U.S. illegally and don’t appear to be cooperating with the authorities who are looking into their status. If they are found in contempt of the immigration laws, they could be deported back to their home country of Sri Lanka. The bad part is that Rifqa would be deported as well. Once in Sri Lanka, there would be nothing to stand in the way of either her parents or others to carry out what they call an “honor killing.”

The threat is real. Honor killings are real. They happen all the time in Islam, although political correctness puts a damper on honest reporting of the fact. Prayer for Rifqa is still needed. Either she needs to be freed from the authority of her parents or the case needs to drag on long enough that she will turn 18 before a decision is reached. At that age, she can chart her own course in life.

This is, in the words of one historian, “a clash of civilizations.” This is a clear case of Islam vs. Christianity. There should be no wavering in the minds of Christians as to what the outcome needs to be for Rifqa—and for the future of the United States.

II Corinthians 4:16-18

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

II Chronicles 16:9

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.

Matthew 5:13-16

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

What Are We Supposed to Remember?

On this 8th commemoration of the terrorist attacks on this nation, I hope we haven’t forgotten some things.

  • There really are evil people out there who want to destroy the United States.
  • It’s going to take vigilance to maintain our security.
  • We need to be united in our willingness to place the safety of our people ahead of our political interests.
  • Defense is the first responsibility of any civil government.
  • Without a Biblical foundation for our thinking, we will be led astray.
  • Ultimately, God is our only hope.

To me, it’s a desecration of this remembrance to turn this day into National Service Day. That’s using a tragedy to grow government influence. We are citizens, not civil servants. An attitude of servanthood certainly is Christian, but it needs to be in the proper context. It must come from the heart, not at the behest of government initiative.

A government is not a nation. A government only represents the nation. The nation is the people; it exists whether civil government does or not.

On this day of remembrance, let’s rededicate ourselves to the will of the One who gives meaning to all of life. Let’s invoke His blessing on this nation. We need His mercy now more than any other time in our history.

What I Choose to Think about Today

So many choices. So many things I could comment on. Take Charlie Rangel, for instance—the Democratic congressman who heads the committee that writes the tax laws. I could talk about the millions in assets he seemed to forget he owns, and all the taxes he didn’t pay.

Or I could write again about Van Jones, the self-avowed communist who serves as Obama’s “Green Czar.” He now admits that the green movement is just a first step toward establishing socialism in America. It’s also been revealed that he is one of those who believes the Bush administration was behind the attacks on 9/11. And he’s setting policy for the nation.

There’s also the upcoming talk that the president is going to give to the nation’s schoolchildren. It could also be defined as a pep rally for Obama’s policies and an attempt to brainwash young minds. Lesson plans are already set up for the children to guide them into how they can “help” the president with his goals.

Yes, I could write long paragraphs about each one of those. Yet today I choose another topic instead. I choose to concentrate on a Bible verse. It reads:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

That’s a reminder we all need, particularly those of us who feel called to speak out about the state of our culture and government. It’s not difficult to find negative things to report, and I do believe I’m supposed to point to them, for the sake of those who don’t realize what’s happening. But we have to continually “wash” our minds with the truths of God’s Word and be refreshed in His presence.

He is our reason for doing anything in this life. In Him we live and move and have our being. So, remember to pull back whenever necessary to receive a fresh glimpse of His love and the renewal of His Spirit.

Then go back to the job He has given you, filled with His strength, His discernment, and His heart for those who are perishing.

Christians and Muslims

While I have periodically commented on the War on Terror, until yesterday, I didn’t address directly the Muslim issue in our country. I want to continue that line of thought today.

Christians believe there is only one way to know God, and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself stated that He was the way, the truth, and the life. He was God in human form, and only via His sacrificial death on the cross can mankind find its way out of sin and into fellowship with the Creator who became the Redeemer.

That is a bedrock truth of the Christian faith and can never be overturned without losing the faith entirely.

Some say that such a strong, “inflexible” stance reveals a narrow-minded bigotry that should be condemned. No, instead it reflects the heart of a loving God and His desire to salvage a race of beings who have rebelliously rejected His ways. I will not betray Him or His Word.

Since Christians believe this, how should they approach Muslims, who say that Jesus was just a prophet sent by God, but not God Himself? I answer: the same way we approach anyone who has a different belief—speaking the truth in love in order to help them see His true character. We are not to look upon Muslims as some type of special group particularly alienated from God, but merely as another part of humanity that has followed a false prophet.

False prophets abound, whether they are overtly religious or style themselves as progressive humanists. All are in dire need of repentance and salvation. We are to bring that message to all because God wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of His truth.

There is an extra dimension with Islam, however. In the name of that religion, devoted adherents have declared war on non-Muslims, seeking to destroy the Western world. Christians need to stand firm against Islamic infiltration of American society. Not only would an Islamic majority set up Sharia law, thereby destroying the government created by the Founders, but it would try to destroy all “infidels,” particularly Christians. This truly is a matter of life and death, both for individuals and for the society as a whole.

Do I believe all Muslims have this aim? Of course not. But those who try to be moderate in their beliefs will not be the rulers of this desired kingdom. They will be on the periphery; the new government will be conducted by the radicals.

This is a clash of civilizations. The question must be asked: is there enough Christian faith left in the West to withstand the onslaught, or have we succumbed to a combination of humanism and theological liberalism that leaves us defenseless?

I dont’ really know the answer to that question. That’s what drives me to write and to teach. I believe the Lord has given me [and every other genuine Christian believer] this task. We are to be the salt and the light. We are God’s hands, feet, voice, and heart in this world. How are we handling this responsibility?