In The FACE of Radical Islam It’s Time for America to Declare War — Do You Agree?

Written by John DeGroff on July 22, 2016

Given the fact that all we’re hearing is election coverage, I’m beginning to think it’s actually being used as a distraction from our most dangerous situation…the fact that Islam has fundamentally declared war on Western civilization.

I have recently heard more than one Christian fall into place with the false narrative of Islam being a “religion of peace”. After all, isn’t it only the so-called “radicals” we should watch out for? Just as liberals don’t ever seem to argue with facts but instead like to resort to personal attacks, so many Christians only talking point in dealing with Islam is to simply say ”…but God will win in the end. He’ll always watch over us. Just pray.” I could elaborate, but most of you reading this have probably had similar conversations.

I’ll never deny any of what those above statements really mean. But nowhere are Christians told to actually seek martyrdom. Nowhere.

Throughout the Old Testament, Israel was always having to live in what is now called a state of high alert. Their enemies were many. They had to fight to establish their nation in the land promised to them by all mighty God. Once there, they could never completely rest. Not much different today, is it?

Even when Israel was blessed with God fearing kings who sought to live and rule as God directed, things were never totally peaceful. They could never let their guard down. There was always a balance to be maintained between peace and the readiness for war.

Perhaps the best known example of this is found in Ecclesiastes. Regarded as one of the “wisdom” books of the Old Testament, it is a book written by King Solomon, a son of King David, that presents the world view of one of the wisest men who ever lived. In chapter 3, verses 1-8, we find this:

(1) To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven; (2) A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted; (3) A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; (4) A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; (5) A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather tones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (6) A time to get, and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away; (7) A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (8) A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war and a time of peace.

Look at where we, and the rest of the Western world, is at currently at in relation to Islam. After the Muslim terror in Paris and Nice, France; in Brussels, Germany, and Turkey; and here in San Bernardino, Orlando, and in places as diverse as New York City and Texas, can we honestly say this is a time for peace? Considering the Scripture just stated, isn’t this a time to “refrain from embracing” Islam? Isn’t this a time to “speak up”? (v.7). And, unfortunately, isn’t this the time when we have to kill (v.3) during a time of war? (v.8)

And certainly, isn’t it time to start hating evil (v.8), and in particular the evil of Islam?

Keep this in mind: The United States of America has ALWAYS been attacked by Islam. That seems to be our only true relationship with Islam.

Between 1801 and 1815, under both the Jefferson and Madison administrations, we fought what became knowns as the Barbary Wars. These were wars against Muslim pirates demanding tribute for shipping passage. If tribute wasn’t paid, the ships crews would be captured and sold into slavery, with the ships and their cargo stolen as well. This was America’s first encounter with Islam. Once again, after 200 years, not much has changed.

Truth is, Islam is out to kill us and destroy as much of Western civilization as they can. Now is not the time to “embrace” Islam or show any sort of tolerance.

Going into the New Testament, in Ephesians, chapter six, verses 11-17, we find the familiar passages regarding what is called The Armor of God. The passage deals with Armor of God, not the Sportswear of God, or the Business Suit of God. Armor only exists to protect a soldier in battle. That is it’s only purpose. If Christians were never expected to fight battles of any kind, we would never need armor…both spiritually as a metaphor, and now in a very material, deadly way.

Anyone who reads my rantings must think I’m something of an armchair warmonger. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I don’t like violence and don’t want to see it in my country. But it has come to this. Islam has declared war on us and all of Western civilization. Now is definitely, scripturally, and righteously a time for war. Prepare yourselves.

(Author’s Note: Some of you (of my age, who remember the great music of the ’60s), will be familiar with the verses from Ecclesiastes as the lyrics to The Byrds 1965 song “Turn, Turn, Turn”. The melody and lyric arrangement was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s, and originally recorded in 1962 by the folk group The Limeliters. Just thought you’d like to know some musical trivia. Thanks for your indulgence.)

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John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.