The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. (Mal 1:1-3)
The Coming Days of Challenge
Over the past few weeks it has been anyone’s guess as to what is going to happen next on the world stage. With our political leaders refusing to accept the fact that you cannot win madmen over with kindness we see more and more the insanity that takes over when men become self serving in their offices as elected officials. The current batch in control has clearly taken sides against Jacob in favor of Esau so we know what to expect from them. Truly “power corrupts and total power corrupts totally” to quote Lord John Acton.
Islam is the end time enemy of the Church and those who don’t accept that will continue to reach across the theological aisle and try to find a way to bring opposite belief systems together as one. Truth cannot combine with falsehood and produce deeper truth. God hates mixture and He hasn’t asked for our opinion on the matter.
As Christians we have to choose what we believe. Is it possible that the God of the Bible and Allah of the Qur’an are one in the same? Maybe in today’s mixed up version of reality, but not to anyone who holds to the Biblical presentation of God. Yes it is true that Allah is Arabic for God, but there are many names that are translated as God in other languages and cultures; that doesn’t mean they are representative of the One True God. For Bible believing Christians there can be only One True God and He certainly is not the one found in the writings of Muhammad.
This does not mean that we are to disrespect another persons beliefs. But for Christians and Jews God is not an optional character we can make in our own image or around the ideas of others just to avoid conflict. He made all things and by him all things continue to exist. In the opening verses of ‘Genesis’ and ‘The Gospel According to John’ God proclaims himself as the Creator of all things who dwells outside of time and has existed from all eternity. In Genesis we learn that God spoke all things into being. In the the New Testament Gospel of John we read that God was the Word and by the Word all things came into being; the Word became flesh and dwelt among us so that we could behold his Glory and see God manifested in human form. (John 1:14)
If the Allah of the Qur’an represents God, he is no better than fallen man, and maybe even worse. He offers benefits for evil actions and promises impurity for those who will submit do his evil bidding. The God of the Bible says we are to love others, while Allah commands his followers to hate and subjugate everyone that differs from them. The God of the Bible reveals women as a gift and helpmeet from God to be honored and loved, while Allah sees them as nothing more than property to be enslaved and abused for the pleasure of men for being nothing more than the female part of our species.
Doing or accepting whatever is necessary just to get along with others is soon to be the new dividing line for Christians. We are still to love our enemies as Christ taught us, but we must not make a golden calf of their deities just so we can lose ourselves in the crowd and stay under the radar when the trouble begins. And it will begin and already is underway. Even a blind man can see that the line is being drawn in the sand and we must choose this day whether we will serve the God of mediocrity and tolerance or stand up and profess that Jesus is Lord in the midst of a cynical and hostile generation.
The world is clearly losing it’s mind and we must decide as individuals whether we will join the parade of insanity that is making its way down the boulevards of this nation or hold fast to the profession of our faith like Luke who boldly proclaimed: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NIV)