Jihad for Me but Not for Thee

So on HotAir we read the story about the Ethiopians routing the Islamic Courts movement of Somalia in about 9 days. The Islamic Courts movement is a radical Islamist movement intent on imposing Sharia law in Somalia. One of their recent pronouncements promised vengeance against all lackadaisical Muslims who pray only 4 times a day instead of 5. They had given the real government of Somalia fits, and basically controlled somewhere around half the country.

But they apparently were not as invincible as they considered themselves. After making threatening noises against Ethiopia, the Ethiopians decided not to wait to be attacked. Nine days later, the Islamic Courts have surrendered to the Ethiopian army.

Ethiopia, to most Americans, is known as the country that suffered famine and was sent tons of aid in the 80’s. It’s also the country which had a eunuch come to Jerusalem in the early days of the churches of God to worship with the Jews, who was converted to a Christian by Philip the evangelist. Ethiopia saw churches established and prospering long before the first one in France, Spain, or Britain.

So yes, you could argue that we just saw another conflict between Islam and Christianity, and that, once again, Islam came out a very poor second. But that is to frame the conflict the way that radical Muslims want to frame it.

There is nothing in Christianity that calls for Christians to war against Muslims, radical or otherwise. Christianity advances through the Great Commision, not conquering. Defense against threats by radical Muslims is a function of government, not of the Christian faith.

Muslims, radical or not, are used to their religion calling for Jihad to advance. They must see the Christian disinterest in fighting back as a great weakness, and as a sign that the best days of Christianity are behind them and that Islam will conquer all.

Which might explain why the Islamic Courts were unprepared for an actual fight from Ethiopia.

When Jesus stood before Pilate, he said, ” My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of
this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the
Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (Jn 18:36)

Here we see two things: 1) Christianity is not of this world, and 2) kingdoms that are of this world, naturally, fight to defend themselves.

Which Ethiopia did. More power to them.


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