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Sunday, August 20, 2006

What is Jihad to Evangelical Christians?

"As this suggests, jihad is "holy war." Or, more precisely: It means the legal, compulsory, communal effort to expand the territories ruled by Muslims at the expense of territories ruled by non-Muslims.
The purpose of jihad, in other words, is not directly to spread the Islamic faith but to extend sovereign Muslim power (faith, of course, often follows the flag). Jihad is thus unabashedly offensive in nature, with the eventual goal of achieving Muslim dominion over the entire globe.
Jihad did have two variant meanings through the centuries, one more radical, one less so. The first holds that Muslims who interpret their faith differently are infidels and therefore legitimate targets of jihad. (This is why Algerians, Egyptians and Afghans have found themselves, like Americans and Israelis, so often the victims of jihadist aggression.) The second meaning, associated with mystics, rejects the legal definition of jihad as armed conflict and tells Muslims to withdraw from the worldly concerns to achieve spiritual depth."

Click here for the full article by Daniel Pipes.

The next question foir consideration

What does it mean for evangelical Christians? It means that Jihad has many forms all connected in progressively more militaristic terms,

  1. It means that a moral Muslim cannot interact with any believer that furthers the Christian faith. It would oppose the principle of Jihad.
  2. Though some forms of Islam would tolerate Christians, it would exact a tax over them, and they would remian subject to Sharia law.
  3. There is a sophsiticated system of mandetory tithe collection called Zakat that is especially active among the Shia. This funds, among other things, the humanitrian efforts aimed at winning herts and minds. (See earlier post Hezollah in Liberia)
  4. We must pray that The Holy Spirit will go before us, and understand I I Samuel 17:47-

"all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD'S and He will give you into our hands."

5. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnel, but are mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds, for the casting down of every high thing that exalts itself against the knoweldge of God.

6. Be aware of groups and individuals that are operating in your area, pray for the safety of those who interact with them, pray for favor in their eyes, that "Christ may be seen in me" That Christ would reveal himself to them in his own way and time, and ask God to be allowed to participate, if possible.

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