Fighting Insanity With Insanity
Prayer rallies seem to be popular in the USA right now…if you’re Christian, at least. If Muslims try to do the same thing, it’s apparently a sign of End Times.
It is critical that the church in America understands the times and what needs to be done now. The natural things speak of the invisible. Natural happenings on the earth are revealing something that is going on in the spiritual realm. There is a great spiritual conflict with a rising tide of Islamic boldness being manifested.
Our President has recently honored the Muslim holy days of prayer and fasting called Ramadan. Interestingly at the same time a major Christian leader of the Emergent Church called for forty days of fasting and prayer in the same Ramadan period with the goal that the church will better understand our Muslim friends. We advocate for understanding, but we must have spiritual discernment as to the spiritual dark powers that are being invoked into our nation.
So…Christian prayer days are perfectly acceptable, but Muslim ones involve ‘spiritual dark powers’? That makes perfect sense.
Before somebody pulls out that weird ‘Atheists hate Christianity but love Islam’ nonsense, let me say upfront that I’m as worried about the rise of Islamic extremism as anybody else. The article I linked to up there goes on to quote somebody involved in the Islamic day of prayer as saying ‘Muslims should march on the White House. We are going to the White House so that Islam will be victorious, Allah willing, and the White House will become into a Muslim house’. Yes, that’s worrying if it’s a widespread sentiment. I don’t want the White House being a Christian house or a Muslim house, if it’s all the same to you.
However, I’d like to suggest that praying really hard is not the answer here. As long as both sides do nothing but pray at each other, that’s great; the prayer itself will have no effect whatsoever, and I doubt these gatherings are going to suddenly turn into starting points for some sort of ideological violence. But what happens if once side comes to the conclusion that praying isn’t quite enough? What if, as the NDPTF fears, a Muslim groups decides to up the ante and make a more concerted effort for the White House? Or what if somebody from the spiritual warrior brigade decides that physical force might stem the tide of evil more effectively than words? I suspect that the efficacy of prayer would, in either instance, suddenly take second place to less spiritually refined action.