Going through the national news these days is enough to make your head explode, I mean, these are end times shit! It’s hard to pick something out to build an opinion on because everything is so crazy. But there’s one story that I contend is the most disturbing; non-Muslims, Christians, and Jews being singled out and killed by radical Muslims in Kenya. This past weekend the news reported that a swanky mall in Nairobi, Kenya was attacked by a Somalia based al-Qaeda franchise called Al-Shabaab that killed only non-Muslims by asking them questions about Muhammad.
Here’s an excerpt from an article on Human Events that should scare you to death:
The perpetrators are members of the Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab, which CNN profiles here. They said they were retaliating for the presence of Kenyan peacekeepers in Somalia. The group has claimed that several American recruits are among the 10 to 15 members of the Westgate Shopping Center death squad, along with operatives recruited from the UK, Canada, Kenya, and Finland. Al-Shabaab is known to be especially active in the Minneapolis area, which has a large Somali population.
It goes on to talk about what went on once the terrorists entered the mall:
The attack began as a straightforward murder operation to kill non-Muslims, with the attackers inviting Muslim civilians to get out-of-the-way before they started gunning everyone else down and lobbing grenades. According to eyewitnesses, the killers lined up forty captives, then shot everyone who could not accurately name the mother of Mohammed. The terrorists evidently decided to hunker down and take hostages when they realized it would bring them more sustained media attention. They sent out real-time Twitter updates on the carnage from inside the mall. A UK Daily Mail piece from Sunday has some astounding, horrifying, and occasionally graphic photos of the attack as it unfolded.
Could this happen at your local mall? Probably. Only because our southern border is wide open and so is ‘legal’ immigration from middle eastern countries. I wonder if those shoppers at the Mall of America feel a little uneasy since their local Somali population might be radicalized in their mosques. Here in Texas, we’re allowed to shop anywhere packing heat so those slugs would not get too far before total annihilation. Bam!
So I ask you, if you had a gun to your head would you deny Jesus? Even if it would save your entire family? I thought about that for a while. I read reports that some agreed to say the, what ever it is you say to convert to Islam, just to live and save their family. Another couple was found dead holding each other, she was nine months pregnant. None of us really know how we would handle the situation. I would like to think I would not deny my Lord, but Peter did three times and he lived and ate with Jesus! Since this is a “what if” question, I can only pray that God would protect me from such a situation, but it is happening all around the world. Christian Persecutions in Middle East report cases of beheadings, kidnappings, murders, arson, etc. and have occurred in the thousands so this is not a frivolous question to ponder.
Back to my question. I really don’t know how I would respond…..these are troubling times indeed for Christians. Yankee and I never set out to make this blog solely about our faith in Jesus, but almost every single headline you read in the news will always take you back to the same answer. This nation, no the world, must turn back to God.