Not Living in Terror in the Face of Terrorism

Posted: Jul 10, 2004 12:00 AM

?Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.  It is ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.?  - Ronald Reagan

It?s approaching three years since 19 Arab Muslim hijackers took box cutters and commandeered four huge passenger jets loaded with thousands of pounds of jet fuel and stuck two of them into the World Trade Center, another into the Pentagon and crashed a fourth, intended for the Capitol Building, into a field in western Pennsylvania. 

Thousands of moms and dads, sons and daughters, policemen and firemen from the United-don?t-mess-with-me-States of America, as well as from 80 other nations, were annihilated in one bloody morning of terror.

On September 11, 2001, the world changed ? forever.

The terrorists would love nothing more than to keep us trembling before their heavily bearded, wild-eyed, non-prophetic, violent maledictions.  They would love to upset our lifestyle and freedoms and have us paralyzed into passivity while waiting for Al Qaeda?s next move. 

As patriotic Americans, our response should be threefold.

1.   Live in ?No Fear? of them.  We cannot bow to their threats.  We cannot be crippled in terror of the terrorists and subsequently be reduced to timidity, slavery and isolation.  It?s time ?We the People? embrace the motto of the Xtreme sport junkies with respect to their radical pursuits, and make it part of the posture of how we live our lives in the face of danger: ?No Fear.?

I thank God that we are sending and will continue to send a thunderous message to our would-be destroyers that if they really want to play the intimidation game ? then we will send a multigenerational, first-world military shockwave through their quaint, archaic culture.

Come on, America: we?ve got to stay on the offensive.  Play as smart and hard as Michael Jordan did, and do it until we?ve thoroughly outfaced the brow of their bragging horror. 

2.   Live Constructively in Fear.  I?m not talking about the fear they wish to induce, but a righteous caution, a heightened sense of discernment that will assist us tremendously and reduce their success rates drastically.  We should live with a healthy dose of suspicion.  We should walk in wisdom and in caution, and pay attention to someone or something that alarms us.

Healthy fear makes you cautious.  It takes the rose-colored glasses off your nose, and it could save your life.

If the terrorists want us to live in fear, then we will fear ? our way. 

We?ll suspect all 18-40 year old Middle Eastern males who live in the U.S..  How?s that?  We?ll help our intelligence agencies know their whereabouts.  And we?ll be especially concerned about the more than 114 thousand illegal Middle Eastern male immigrants.  We?ll make it ridiculously difficult to immigrate from nations that support terrorism. 

So they want us to fear?  Then we?ll choose the object of our fears. Our fears will serve our purposes and our nation?s safety, and not their agenda. They will lead us to report anything that remotely smells bogus, and to report it immediately. We will listen to our newfound friend called fear.

3. Live in Dread. If our terror inducers really want us to live in fear, then let?s go the second mile and live in dread.  Namely, the dread of the loss of our freedoms, the dread of  loss of truth and the dread of our nation?s loss of God.

My ClashPoint is this, terrorists: You want fear?  Okay.  You?ve got it.  We?ll fear, but we will fear what we want to fear and not what you tell us to fear.

We will not live in dread of terrorists, but of things that are holy, just and good ? and that we dare not lose.  We will be on the look out and we?ll wail like a stuck hog when we see something awry.  And terrorists, you can bet your last camel that we will let this new fear serve the purpose of ridding our nation and other freedom-loving nations ? yes, the entire planet ? from fearing you!

Doug Giles? latest book, ?Ruling in Babylon?, is available via . He pastors a church in Miami and hosts two award winning radio programs [].