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Why the Church Must Respond to ISIS

ISIS is a problem … a MAJOR problem that we cannot look away from. 

Some may say this is simply a political issue that the church should not get involved in … I say it is a humanity issue that must not be ignored.

The goal of the group known as ISIS is found in their name: an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. ISIS is terrorizing the Middle East by forcing over one million people from their homes and holding some innocent adults and children hostage. ISIS is violently taking control of towns and regions, and even executing several American and British civilians on video.

One of the worst things that has ever happened in the history of humanity is the Holocaust. It was brought on by a man named Adolf Hitler, who used a distorted view of God and Christianity to aim violent hatred at Jewish people … and he would make moves to acquire land and oppress people, and then claimed he would go no further.

People believed him … and sat on their hands and did nothing …

The result was that an estimated SIXTY MILLION people lost their lives!

Edmond Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Which brings me back to the current crisis in Iraq and Syria …

Remember—while Hitler said he intended to go “no further,” ISIS has said they intend to go all the way!

While Hitler was subversive and quiet and kept his murder of innocent people a secret from the world, ISIS broadcasts beheadings of innocent people on YouTube.

Hitler’s army was considered at one time to be small in number; therefore not a significant threat to the world. However, because of the silence of the nations he became so powerful that it took the entire world working together and MILLIONS of lives to finally put a stop to his brutality. 

And if something is not done NOW, I believe one day our country could be facing a very similar situation with ISIS in our own back yard.

ISIS is the leader of radicalized Islam. Some say “the majority of Muslims are peaceful,” which I would say is true. However, we cannot ignore the threat of radical people just because the majority are peaceful …

… because …

There are around 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. Intelligence estimates that between 15-25 percent are radicalized. While that is NOT the majority, it does mean that between 180 million and 300 million (nearly the equivalent of the population of the U.S.) are radicalized, which is a number that cannot be ignored.

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Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.