A recent commotion at University of California, Davis, led to a walk-out by pro-Israel students with other students shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they left. The event occurred during a meeting of the Student Government Council who was voting on a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) resolution.
BDS is a world-wide, pro-Palestinian (thus: anti-Israel) movement seeking to damage the Israeli economy. It has chapters on campuses to pressure the university trust funds to boycott Israeli businesses and investments.
After the walkout, the Student Council voted 8 to 2 in favor of the resolution to boycott and divest, much to the satisfaction of the pro-Hamas group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) who had championed the vote. Jewish leaders and their friends on campus knew the situation was serious when a couple of swastikas were painted on a Jewish frat house a few days later.
UC Davis leaders said that the student resolution does not affect their investment strategies which are set by the UC Regents. Nevertheless, this is only one example of a global effort to discredit Israel’s right to exist. BDS goals are the return of all Palestinian lands to Arab control and the dismantling of the wall that Israel has built to keep out suicide bombers. Of course, if done, Israel would simply cease to exist. This is just one small example of the rising tide of anti-Israel sentiment worldwide. Some of the campaign is the result of general Western hatred for the Jews fostered by Roman Catholicism’s “Replacement Theology.” For centuries, Rome has claimed that the “people of God” is now the “church” and God is done with Israel because they rejected their Messiah.
The Holy Land is just the repository of historical relics to be venerated by the “faithful,” and the Zionists should go off somewhere like Argentina to build their nation and leave the rest of the world in peace. This “anti-Semitism” has plagued the Jews for centuries culminating in Hitler’s attempt to solve the “Jewish problem.”
This latent anti-Israel sentiment in the Western World is only present in political and economic pressure on Israel, but a far more sinister dragon is breathing real fire on the neck of this sturdy little country. “Militant” Islam has vowed to eliminate both Israel (little Satan) and the “Great Satan,” America.
There are hundreds of pro-Islam groups like BDS dedicated to this larger cause. The rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq is just the latest expression of the Qur’an-inspired violence that awaits all non-Muslim peoples if Islamists have their way.
So, what should the Bible believer do as we watch the “heathen rage?” World leaders are mostly focused on appeasement or military defeat. But the real solution is elsewhere, largely ignored by those leaders. Bible readers know that this is a cosmic spiritual war. Most of the governments of this world are “secular,” opting out of taking sides on spiritual issues. This leaves them defenseless against nations or movements that are fanatical about a spiritual mission.
Islam’s mission is to rule the world for Allah. Even “moderate” Muslims are committed by default to this mission, since they know of no other option.
As soul winners, that is where we come in. We have a superior spiritual option. We just need to get it out there where they can see it. Saturation with no-nonsense gospel tracts can help lay the foundation for the revival that we need to get Islam’s (and everyone else’s) attention.
Beheadings by ISIS are mild compared to the brutal tactics used by Hitler and Genghis Kan. Unless we get busy and promote revival, our time will be short before our freedom to do it will be squelched.