1 Corinthians 16: 13: “Be on the alert. Stand firm in the faith. Act like men. Be strong.” 1 Timothy 5: 8: “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his own household, he has the denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
These exhortations from the Apostle Paul are highly pertinent in our day and age. On top of the usual threats to our families, we now face the real threat of radical Islamists within the U.S.
Just this past Monday, Wasil Farooqui attacked a randomly selected couple in Roanoke, VA. Wasil Farooqui had been under FBI surveillance since last year, when he attempted to go to Syria with the intent to join ISIS. Gosh! Who could possibly have predicted that a frustrated jihadist would act out his radicalism here in America? Well, anybody with a room temperature IQ could have, seeing that such attacks occur with growing frequency each year.
Shouting, “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great, the battle cry of J), Farooqui attacked the couple in the open air stairwell of their apartment building. Both victims were severely cut in the attack, and the lady was still in the hospital as of yesterday. Farooqui fled when witnesses began to shout and respond, but was arrested when he came to the ER. Notice that the cops were not on the scene. “When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.” The Sheriff stated that Farooqui had no connection to his victims. The attack was totally random.
Returning to the Biblical admonitions/commands to husbands, fathers and Christian men generally, I will now engage in a little “victim blaming”. In my book, A Time to Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism, I make the case that God not only allows, but commands that we defend the innocent with all legal force. Based upon that, it’s clearly our Christian duty to arm up, train up, and prepare to defend our families, neighbors, and congregations. Not only that, but we should train and equip our wives and kids to defend themselves as well.
Consider the victims, in VA, where pistol permits are easily obtainable. Why hadn’t both of them done so? Or did they have permits but didn’t bother to carry, as many often do? When deadly danger came they simply failed to use the most effective means of self-defense in the only country in the world that guarantees that right. Farooqui would have been effectively stopped and most (if not all) of their injuries avoided had either of them had a handgun. Even pepper spray would have evened the odds some.
“But”, ask the Sheeple, “why would anyone anticipate such a random attack?” Anyone who understands the definition of the word “emergency” has answered that question. Realistically, on any day you could be attacked by an insanely violent person, feral or vicious dogs or common street criminals. Now, add to those threats the 100’s of thousands of criminal illegal aliens who slipped across our open border in the last eight years. Then add to those the 100,000-plus Islamic “refugees” (who include many jihadists), shipped in by our President. Add to those the homegrown Islamic radicals and the sleeper cells of terrorists that have infiltrated into the U.S, since 9-11 and before, and you have quite an addition to the threat levels that we now face every day.
Moreover, while the average criminal does not want to get into a fight that may get him hurt, a jihadist seeks death in battle with Infidels. That’s how he gets his 72 virgins! Since such a person can rarely be deterred from attacking, he must be decisively defeated. Failure to recognize these dangers is characteristic of Sheeple, but Christians are supposed to be smarter than that. Jesus commands us not to be naïve about the world.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep among wolves; therefore, be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16. In other words, “Don’t become cynical. Don’t go around starting fights, but live in the real world and lookout for you and yours.” Folks, it’s time to wise up, arm up and train up. “Be strong! Be alert! Act like men!”
Greg Hopkins, my friend,
Attorney, teacher of use-of-force law to police and civilians. Buy Greg’s new book, A Time to Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism, on bibleselfdefense.com
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