Well, it, too, is signified by an alliance. It consists of Christians and Jews worldwide. It, too, is built around a shared cause. But unlike that of the Islamo-”progressive” axis, this cause intends freedom, not tyranny – representative democracy, not control. Most importantly, this Judeo-Christian cause is built upon the rock of truth given us by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of the living, not the dead. The great “I Am.”
At this very moment around the globe – Gaza, Israel, Sudan, the Philippines, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere – we lay witness to a monumental jihadist uprising that seeks to impose an Islamic caliphate and Shariah law on the entire civilized world. Yet, despite this exploding campaign of mass Muslim genocide and a burgeoning anti-Christian holocaust, we likewise witness an inexplicable groundswell of anti-Semitic and anti-Christian hostility in the West.
Incredibly, we see a mass spiritual deception that has led to widespread support for Islamic terrorists, not unlike those in Iraq and Syria, who are gleefully slaughtering, by the thousands, Christians, Jews and even other Muslims perceived to pose a political threat (consider the Western left’s obtuse support for the terrorist group Hamas).
No amount of evidence, logic or reason seems sufficient to pry open the eyes of Western liberals, “moderate” Muslims and other apologists for that violent socio-political tradition called Islam.
That’s because it’s spiritually, rather than cerebrally, discerned. Still, for the believer, for the true Christ follower, there is joy amid chaos. My friend John Kirkwood, a pastor and columnist from the Chicago area, addressed this phenomenon in a recent exchange he had with one of his readers.
Reader: How do you stay sane with all that’s happening in the world?
Me: I’m a Christian. The central questions are all answered for me so the peripheral distractions can’t steal my joy.
Paul wrote the Epistle of Joy while under Roman house arrest and awaiting the verdict of Nero for a capital crime.
Obama is a piker compared to Nero.
For the believer, life is beautiful regardless of circumstance, of others, of things or the lack of things, or even of worry. Anxiety isn’t an option for the faithful.
I fail often in only recognizing the ugly, but I’m making a point not to allow the world to obstruct my view. May both my witness and my testimony become more and more redemptive.
On his death bed, Patrick Henry said, “Doctor, I wish you to observe how real and beneficial the religion of Christ is to a man about to die. … I am, however, much consoled by reflecting that the religion of Christ has, from its first appearance in the world, been attacked in vain by all the wits, philosophers, and wise ones, aided by every power of man, and its triumphs have been complete.”
This is how the Christ follower, the true believer, faces death. Triumphantly.
Indeed, even as a toxic cloud of anti-Semitic, anti-Christian hate swells black and envelops our blue-green orb, those who attack – that unholy pagan trinity of Islam, “progressivism” and the false church – attack in vain.
The world may, or may not, be on its deathbed.
But it is terminally ill.
Yet even as I write these words, deep joy wells within. For as it is written, “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word” (Psalm 119:114).
Fellow believers, we are but visitors in a foreign land. Our home is elsewhere.
And so we tarry in joy, even amid the chaos, so that others may join us.
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).