Christians Know How the Story Ends
Have you ever skipped ahead in a good book to see how the story ends? It is very tempting to satisfy curiosity by going the direct route. How many have given in to this impulse?
ISIS has released a new video promising that the Islamic state will triumph over the United States. It vows to “Break the American Cross.”
I have a news flash, too. I peeked at the end of The Book. I know how the story ends: Jesus Christ returns for His bride, the church. He comes back with a mighty shout and splits the heavens. He conquers all foes, just as he conquered death with His resurrection.
You can rail and rant like madmen. You can kill in the name of your god, but the ending is set. It is checkmate, game over. This isn’t some charlatan fortuneteller’s ruse. It is truth.
Another reason ISIS will fail in your attempt to “break the American cross,” is their underestimation of Christians here in the United States. Those who believe and toil to live in the path of Jesus Christ are strong, infused with the power of the mention of the name of the Messiah. As humans, our strength has limits, as Christians, our strength has no end. Many do not even realize what power is available to them by calling on the name of the Son of God.
The story of the United States has been built with the foundation of stone that is Christianity. We have been a nation under God from the very beginning. In God We Trust is written upon our currency to show that money is subject to God.
In the United States, about 79.5% identify themselves as Christian. That is a large majority of the population, which could be even higher depending on what denomination one is affiliated. Even those who fight against it with agnosticism and atheism know the difference between right and wrong. It is just that often they want to live lives that go against God’s teaching and looking for the alternative gives balm to their collective conscience.
With the anniversary of 9/11/01 almost upon us, I bring up the One who Americans cried out to in their anguish. Churches filled with people. Strangers joined hands and prayed together for justice and comfort. Christians do not turn from God in our darkest hour, we run to embrace Him.
The savage beheading of James Wright Foley, one of our own, has not turned us from our God and converted our beliefs to Islam. In fact, the contrary is taking place. We are on social media urging all to pray for his family. Other nations have stepped up beside us to fight against the scourge that is ISIS.
Even though in the eleventh hour, the current administration has aided the Christian people under siege in Iraq and provided humanitarian aid and an opportunity for escape from the Islamic oppressors. The fanatical followers who perpetrate such foul deeds only lead to the global repugnance of their methods and beliefs. As Christian, we all know and are secure in the knowledge of how the story ends.
Whosoever will, come to the light of Christ. That is the simple price of salvation. In the end, Islam, you do not–I repeat, do not–win.