For the first time since World War II, Paris is under a curfew. The citizens of France (and all of Europe) are living in abject fear of being killed while going about their lives. Terrorists have invaded Europe, and will not stop until or unless they are stopped!
For thousands of years, war has been a way of life for many. King against King; country against country; uniformed soldiers against uniformed soldiers. This war we are engulfed in today is different. We are not at war with one tyrant; we are at war with an entire ideology that produces many tyrants. The adherents of Islam do not care about making a better life for themselves and their children. They do not care about getting a good job, getting married and having a family and raising their children to live in a better world than they had. They do not care about buying a lovely house and having backyard barbeques with the neighbors. No. Their only purpose (as driven by their evil ideology) is to kill all who do not agree with their cult. They do not see innocent people in market places, theaters, soccer stadiums or sky-scrapers; they see only people who they want to destroy. They don’t raise their children to go out and make a good life for themselves; they raise suicide bombers. They don’t care about the spiffy new app for their mobile phone; all they see is a triggering device. Nor do they care about helping eradicate disease, ensuring a long-lasting food supply, exploring space or curing cancer. The ideology that drives jihadist terrorists compels them to strive for a stone-age culture around the world. Yes, there are decent people in the world who call themselves Muslims, but they rarely denounce the violence. It is the strict followers of Islam who are wreaking havoc in the world – nominal Muslims are ineffective, and honestly, they are targets for their own kind.
After World War II, the world became complacent. The hideous nature of fascism became a cartoon, much like depictions of Satan. People became so comfortable in their Freedom that they forgot to maintain it. So, here we are in 2015, in the midst of another World War, only this time there is not an organized effort to destroy the enemy, because going after them might hurt their feelings.
Here in America, as many of us watched our TVs in horror, outrage and heartbreak over the attacks in Paris on November 13, prickly, spoiled college students were in a huff about losing media coverage they said they didn’t want, and our current president said he didn’t want to ‘speculate’ about the people who carried out the horrendous attacks in Paris. The times we live in are surreal.
Anyway, we have a lot of work to do! The world depends on America being strong, and we are in the first stages of atrophy; we need to rebuild our muscles and get our strength back. It is time to be vigilant, because what happened in Paris yesterday can very likely happen here today. It is time to reinforce our resolve to remain a Free and sovereign nation. As we pray for the people of France, and lift them up to God, we must also pray for our own country. Be vigilant! Protect your loved ones! Be not afraid of what man can do, but be confident in what God can do! Complacency got us in this mess; it is no longer an option.