Offendophobia

“The illogical, inexplicable fear of offending Islamic radicals (aka Jihadists) which results in burying ones head in the sand”.

I chose this topic for my blog due to a recent event here in my small home town a few days ago.  My roommate informed me that he witnesses a large number of Muslims leaving on foot from one of the duplexes on our street.  Keep in mind that the population here is less than 500 people.  He informed me that they destroyed someone’s inflatable Santa Claus and proceeded to head towards our local WalMart.

I chose to not react to this in fear, but pray for protection over this area. I verified his story yesterday, when I witnessed the destroyed Santa decoration.

There are a few things I could have done:  

  1. Called  the local police (which are very none-responsive for the most part).
  2. Informed the landlord who lives in this complex (that could have have resulted in panic).
  3. Knocked on the door of the place where damage occurred (again, that could have resulted in panic or even anger).

I chose prayer instead.  The Lord’s protection is far greater than anything we think we can come up with on our own.  Now, if I had personally witnessed this destruction and saw any of them carrying weapons — the outcome may have been quite different.

Luke 23:34

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

I want to make it very clear that we are to pray for our enemies and not become caught up in panic or fear.  (see my prior blog post below)  https://jcsouthwest.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/pray-for-our-enemies/

Scripture

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Nehemiah 4

And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem, to injure and cause confusion and failure in it.

But because of them we made our prayer to our God and set a watch against them day and night.

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Isaiah 62

For as a young man marries a virgin [O Jerusalem], so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence

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Luke 21

35 For it will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth.

36 Keep awake then and watch at all times [be discreet, attentive, and ready], praying that you may have the full strength and ability and be accounted worthy to escape all these things [taken together] that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.

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Ephesians 6

1Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Therefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and, having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.

16 Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

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