By Bryan Fischer
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It’s long past time to give up our nation-building efforts in Muslim countries. It won’t work, can’t work, and never will work. Islam makes the creation of a democracy an impossibility.
Islam is not about freedom, it is about heavy-handed and punitive control. Domination is at the heart of Islam, making the Muslim faith utterly incompatible with the Judeo-Christian values on which Western civilization has been built.
Freedom is in the DNA of Christianity, but tyranny is in the DNA of Islam.
Islam is grossly and permanently incompatible with the liberty we cherish in the West. And since tyranny is deep in the spirit of Islam, only the Spirit of God can root it out.
The Judeo-Christian tradition says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17). That verse was found on the lips of virtually every patriot during the days when were were defending our newly proclaimed independence from the foreign aggression of the British. That Bible verse became an animating force in our quest to secure and preserve liberty. Individual liberty is in the heart and soul of Christianity.
Where there is the spirit of Christianity, you will find a hunger and thirst for freedom. Where the spirit of Christianity is absent, as it is in Muslim lands, you won’t. There is no “Spirit of the Lord” in Islam. The spirit that animates Islam is of a much darker sort.
You won’t find a verse like 2 Corinthians 3:17 in the Qur’an. What you find in the Qur’an is, “slay the idolaters wherever you find them” (Sura 9:5).
The only thing that will give us a shot at building a democracy in an Islamic land is a mass conversion of its people to biblical Christianity. If we want to see freedom come to those darkened, benighted lands, we should be sending missionaries in, right after we send in the Marines to neutralize whatever threat has been raised against the United States.
If they don’t want our missionaries, fine. Their choice. We’ll take them and our Marines home, and let them know we’ll have no hesitation about returning with lethal force if they threaten us again. This time, Marines and missionaries. Next time, Marines and missiles.
The fundamental mistake Western politicians such as George W. Bush make is thinking that Islam is just like Christianity only different. They are so accustomed to an environment shaped by a Christian worldview, which prizes such things as individual liberty, freedom of conscience and religion and equality under the law that they assume that everybody wants those things.
That is a shallow, naive and fatal assumption to make. President Bush simplistically believed that there is a hunger for freedom in every human heart. Not so. There is a hunger for human freedom beating in the breast of Christianity, but the hunger beating in the breast of Islam is for the exact opposite of freedom, totalitarian control.
Seven times this year alone, Muslim members of Afghan security forces have fired on coalition forces, that is, on our own guys. Yesterday, the victims, all nine of them, were Americans. How many more American lives will be needlessly forfeit before we recognize the impossible task we have set before them?
Nation-building is a nice sentiment, and it’s worthy of us as a Christian nation to do what we can to assist other nations toward freedom. But sentiment unguided by truth and realism is just dangerous folly.
Our presence in Iraq has tragically made things much less safe for our spiritual brothers and sisters in our common Christian faith. Christians in Iraq are in far more danger now than when we went in. Muslims are bombing Christian churches and going door to door in Christian neighborhoods to root out and kill the infidels. Christians have been fleeing for their lives since U.S. forces entered in 2003. Christians were safer under Saddam than they are under the American flag. If we’re going to do nation-building, the minimum thing we ought to leave behind is a nation that provides freedom of worship for followers of Christ.
American blood is far too valuable to be expended on anything other than American interests. Once American force has been used to subdue Islamic threats in foreign countries, it’s time to leave. Our military should be deployed to serve our interests, and once our interests - ours, not theirs - have been served, it’s time to declare victory and leave.
Bottom line: if our reason for being in Iraq and Afghanistan is to kill bad guys, let’s keep the finest military in the world there long enough to get the job done. But if our reason for being there is to do nation-building, it’s time to give that up as a lost cause and bring our troops home.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)