[COMMENT: Does anyone see another picture around the world?
If you look at Islam in history, how it began, how it spread, and how is currently maintains itself, you see the same picture as below. When dealing with addicts or with manipulators, you ask for track record, not promises. Let them brag about what they have done, not about what they say they will do.
The fact that the friendly Muslims will not vigorously stand up for Godly democracy indicates that the picture below is quite accurate. It may be their fear of the radicals, but that is of no account. Either they stand up and fight for freedom and honest, open discussion of differences, or they are not friends, but just part of the larger Muslim problem for the rest of the world.
Our continuing response to Islam is to challenge them to
honest intellectual, moral, and spiritual discussion. They do not like to
be thought of as cowards, but in these areas, they are not exactly brave.
But to our shame, for the most part, the same has to be said of Christians.
God is raising up a new breed of Christians who will do the Elijah thing -- put
the whole case for God right out in the open and trust Him to show up and prove
His own case (I Kings 18 - on Mount Carmel). Are you willing, dear
reader? E. Fox]
As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace - loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact they may be featured in articles and films stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness.
Between 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs [Europe, Australia, USA and Japan].
From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. You will find not only the introduction of halaal food (giving food prep jobs to Muslims), but growing pressure on the super-market chains to feature it on their shelves (along with threats for failure to comply).
South Africa's Muslim population is 2%, but they control 35% of the businesses, a large percentage of the banks and have five Cabinet seats while Christians (77% of the population) have none.
[COMMENT: This is surprising. I do not know how true it is. Maybe not so surprising, since the anti-apartheid revolution in South Africa was largely from a socialist or communist background, at least in the political arena, and not a Christian-friendly event. And the Anglican archbishop who supported the revolution was (and is) heavily slanted toward socialism. Getting rid of apartheid was, of course, right. But the reasons for doing so were not always right.
Islam is heavily invested in centralized government, and was often supported by the Soviets. Islamic sharia law is by nature control, not freedom, oriented. I suspect that Islam and Communism (which is far from dead) are underneath jockeying for control of each other, hoping to use each other for their own ends.
Again, Christians dropped the ball because we had lost touch with our own Biblical worldview foundations. But, again, God is raising up more and more young folks who are learning to articulate a consistent Biblical viewpoint.
When Christians catch on how the Biblical worldview and Gospel are built, from start to finish, on freedom, then we will be able to present a powerful and convincing Gospel to the world. In both the personal and public-political arenas. E. Fox]
From 10% you will notice growing belligerence in no-go lawless suburbs (ghettos), with car-burnings (a La France last October).
After 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihadi militia formations, sporadic killings and terror bombings of Churches [India, Mindanao (Philippines)].
At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare [Indonesia].
[COMMENT: When it gets to 40%, we can kiss freedom goodbye (if we have not already trashed it totally ourselves with our own drift into socialism). It takes only about a 30% dedicated minority to take control of a country. E. Fox]
From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Shari Law as a weapon and Jizya confiscatory tax [Sudan, Kosovo, Lebanon and Egypt].
After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide [Western Papua (New Guinea), Iran, Biafra, Turkey and N. Nigeria].
One hundred percent will usher in the peace of "Dar-es-Salaam" - House of Peace - as in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Yemen.
This is a quick-reference, around the world situational analysis for your prayerful attention.
Dr. Peter Hammond, missionary in Africa, Slavery, Terrorism and Islam
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