Do not let fear rule you.
WASHINGTON, September 3, 2015 – In recent months, cultural tensions have spiked in our country like no other period in the past 50 years. Our enemies abroad are gradually infiltrating, and racial tensions have reached powder keg status. Unlike past cultural crises, this one is not faced with a united front, nor are our racial clashes limited to select areas of the country.
Fear from abroad? Radical jihadists represent a minority among Muslims. Yet these radicals have succeeded in terrorizing entire populations. Flogging, stoning, cutting off limbs, beheading, female mutilation and other tortures are commonly practiced in Islamic nations. Women are raped, and then stoned as punishment.
Islam’s stated goal is world domination. Islam does not seek to convert everyone but believes Allah will never be satisfied until the entire world recognizes Islamic law as superior and submits to it. This is terrifying.
Last week, when former major league pitcher Curt Schilling was fired from ESPN, did enough Americans ask why? Here is what Schilling tweeted:
“Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
His tweet has been described as incendiary. Why? The answer is fear. Is ESPN afraid of Muslim reprisal? Did they really believe Schilling’s tweet was out of line?
Why is it that Christianity can be ridiculed, Christians can be prohibited from prayer on school grounds, yet no one dares offend Muslims? The answer? Fear. Just plain fear.
After Pearl Harbor, America was united. When this country saw Hitler’s legitimate threat of world domination, America stood up with an iron jaw. Had Roosevelt’s America been cowering in fear, we would today be speaking German in our country, and there would be no African Americans, no Jews, no Hispanics or Native Americans. Can you imagine a whole continent of Arian supremacists?
Can you imagine a whole continent under Islamic law? Americans of all ethnicity saved the world in the last century. We dishonor them by fighting among ourselves today and living in fear of a lawless minority who would have us for dinner.
Racism among Americans is the parallel threat. Racial tension has reached a breaking point. Threats and violence occur almost weekly. Violence begets more violence, and hate begets more hate.
But it is a minority on both sides of the issue that is causing the chaos. Most Americans of all ethnicities want peace. Most do not have murder at heart.
There is a difference between justice and vengeance. Justice is the responsibility of law enforcement. Vengeance is God’s.
“It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord — Romans 12:19
What about payback? Throughout history, many conflicts have been prolonged because of revenge. The blood thirst is never satisfied, and soon, it’s no longer about the original issues. It is more about what happened yesterday or the day before. That is the vicious, downward cycle in which America finds itself.
If revenge is your mission, you forfeit your peace just to satisfy your animal instincts. If you prefer to live by primitive aggression rather than virtue, you are part of the problem, not the solution, and you are going to prolong the hate. The world your children will inherit won’t be pretty. That is why God reserved revenge for Himself. When we arm ourselves with hatred and vengeance, we self-destruct.
Martin Luther King said: “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Ronald Reagan uttered six immortal words that brought down an evil empire: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” No trash talking. No inflammatory character assassination; just steadfast determination from a president who had our back.
Dr. King and President Reagan showed us what courageous virtue looks like, internationally and domestically. Animal savagery among humans erects evil empires and builds walls between people. Virtue topples them.
We have arrived at another defining moment. Americans must reach out to other Americans. Law enforcement must enforce, and this nation must stand up against imminent threats to our liberty. We have a vacuum in Washington where there should be boldness, and Washington always filters down to every part of our culture.
Whoever you fear will eventually rule over you.
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