ISIS in Texas

In recent days an event was held in Texas that was considered to be a blasphemous act against Muslims. A contest was held for participants to draw pictures of Muhammad.  This is a big no-no in the Muslim world. Now there is a big controversy sprung up about whether such an expression of free speech should be allowed. There are many who are worried about Muslim extremists retaliating because of such events like this one. One thing I can say is that we should never allow Muslims determine what we can or cannot say. Do not let these fanatic murderers intimidate us into submission. We cannot call ourselves a free people when we do not allow those we disagree with to not have a right to speak. The defense of the First Amendment of the Constitution must take precedence.

Now, I have heard from a Christian who is angry at Pamela Gellar for stirring up the Muslim world. Maybe her tactics are not the correct ones to take when trying to make a point about free speech as she says it is, but we should defend her right to speak out even if we do not agree with the message or her tactics. It is not something about which we should get worried. God gave me a message to respond to this fear of Muslim and ISIS retaliation. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but he does give us power if we would only believe in it and use it. Let me do a short set up before I deliver the message.

In 2 Kings 18-19, we have the story of the Assyrians coming to Jerusalem to conquer it and remove the Jews from their land. Their spokesman, Rabshakeh, said to Hezekiah, the king of Judah and to all those who could hear him speak, “Speak now to Hezekiah, thus says the great king, the king of Assyria…In whom do you trust so that you rebel against me? Now, behold, you trust upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will pass through his hand and pierce it: this is how Pharaoh is, the king of Egypt to all that trust in him. But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the Lord our God.’ Is it not his high places and altars Hezekiah has taken away and has said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?’…Let not Hezekiah deceive you, because he shall not be able to deliver you out of his (the king of Assyria’s) hand. Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord saying, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.’ Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus says the king of Assyria, ‘Make an agreement with me…and come out to me, and eat every man on his own vine, and everyone of his fig tree…until I come and take you away to a land like your own land…that you may live and not die…Have any of the gods of the other nations delivered their lands out of the hand of the king of Assyria?…Can you name any of the gods of any country that has successfully delivered their country out of my hand to make you think that the Lord will deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?”

What ISIS and other Muslim terrorists are saying today mirrors what Rabshakeh said to Hezekiah back then. God’s response to the Assyrians and to ISIS today is the same. God says,

Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? Against whom have you exalted your voice and lifted up your eyes on high? You have done this against the Holy One of Israel. By your messengers you have reproached the Lord and have said,‘With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall cedar trees, and the choice fir trees, and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders and into the forest of his Carmel. I have dug and drunk strange waters, and with the soles of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.’ Have you not heard long ago how I have done it and of ancient times that I have formed it? Now, I have brought it to pass to make you my instrument to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps. There inhabitants were of small power: they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field and as the green herb, as the grass on the house tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up. But I know your abode and your going out and your coming in, and your rage against me. Because of your rage against me and your tumult has come up into my ears; I will put my hook into your nose and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way which you came.”  (2 Kings 19: 22-28)

These terrorists say they are going to conquer the world for Islam. God says it is not going to happen. They are not going to be able to come here and spread their religion. In that passage where God speaks and repeats what the Assyrians were saying: if you are sensitive to God’s spirit at all; you can hear what was said then is the same thing ISIS and other terrorists are saying, today. They have a rage against God. That is what is really going on with these people.

Do not fear to speak your mind on a subject such as this. They have won half the battle when we censure ourselves in fear of them retaliating against us. God is our protection if we will only put him in charge of our lives. Who can defeat us if God is for us? The press and the left is fearful for sure. However, it serves their purpose to attack free speech when such a threat exists; so they want to urge you to be quiet. Their agenda is more important to them, and that is to silence all Christian voices in this country, and I am not referring to what Pamela Gellar has been saying as being a Christian voice. Let us speak out while we still can, because the day is coming when we will never be allowed to speak out against liberal theology.



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