Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Are You Still Taking Terrorism Seriously?

It seems like ages since we were first attacked. In fact, most of the people that I know rarely think about it as they go about their daily lives. This enemy has been plotting against us since before any of us were born and we seem to want to ignore the signs. We seem to think that if we will just go about our busy lives, all of the terror and death will not effect us. We hope that the threat isn't real or at least that it can be mitigated or delayed. Some of us put our trust in the fact that the threat is far off and try to deny the fact that we have agents hidden among us.

We are making fatal mistakes.

The earth stood still the day that he attempted to achieve total victory over us. That day, everything changed. Sometimes I wonder how different I would be if that horrible moment had never come. His plan preyed on our weakness: our arrogant sense of invulnerability. As everything came crashing down, we seemed to be able to recognize fear for the first time. Death had become very real and the threat of evil was realized. Amid the rubble, it seemed like hope was a difficult thing to grasp.

History did not end there. Our enemy would not savor his victory forever. In the heart of the middle east, good finally triumphed over evil. Someone volunteered to do all the fighting for us. And what a fight it was! The world still remembers the shock and awe; the righteous surge that was unleashed. Sure there was sacrifice, but what great victory can occur without blood?

Dismantled, demoralized, and defeated, our nemesis fled with his allies and hid to lick his wounds. He had not counted on that kind of response. Everyone knows that it is only a matter of time before the final victory is realized and he is brought to justice.

...but in the mean time, he is still out there. He remains on the loose; that foe that struck us so long ago, killed so many of us, and continues to fill our hearts with terror and dread. Wounded and essentially powerless, his network is still stronger than any of us and he will kill you if he gets half a chance. His agents and supporters move freely among us and sow the seeds of doubt. Doubt is his weapon now. The victory is certain and absolute, but the enemy wants us to question the victory. He wants us to abandon hope and lose faith. His organization may be doomed, but he is going to try to take some more people down with them. The axis of evil is still a threat and we are the ones who are securing our own doom. We will be the ones who snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It is almost like we want to lose.

Do you still take his terror seriously? Do you realize what this lion is still capable of? Are you ready and equipped for his final, desperate onslaught? Mark my words: he will strike you and your family again before this is all over. We need to be alert, unified, and protected by a strong defense. Every day is threat level Red. Do not let your guard down for a single moment.

He's still out there. Get ready.

Ephesians 6:10-12
1 Peter 5:6-9

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