From TheVerge.com: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is apologizing to the LGBTQ community in the wake of the company’s failure to take more definitive action against conservative pundit Steven Crowder’s channel. “I know that the decisions we made was very hurtful to the LGBTQ community and that wasn’t our intention at all,” Wojcicki said at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, AZ today. “That was not our intention, and we were really sorry about that, and I do want to explain why we made the decision we did.” However, I think if she was really sorry, she would take every penny YouTube made off of Steven Crowder in the last ten years and donate it to the LBGTQ cause. I won’t hold my breath,” says Stacey Lennox of TheResurgent.com.
By all means, let’s kowtow to the LGBTQ “community.” On second thought, maybe not. I am reading Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, by Raymond Ibrahim. He is an Islamic and Arabic scholar, and the book tells the history from 622 AD—when Muhammad was kicked out of Mecca—to the present, of the conflict between the “West”, i.e. lands that were ruled by Christians as they understood the Bible back in that time, and the forces of Islam. The history is told through eight decisive battles and the letters written by the combatants to their followers and to each other. This style of teaching history confers more credibility to the conclusions than other approaches. You may wonder, “what does the introduction of this post, and the LGBTQ “community” (how does emphasis on your lust and sexual organs make a community?) have to do with war between Christianity and Islam?” Read on.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” Romans 1:18 “Therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves”- Romans 1:24-26. “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:26-27.
The first battle in this 14 century conflict was Yarmuk, in 636. Before that, Syria was Roman and “profoundly Christian.” Two of the original apostolic sees—Antioch, where Jesus’ followers were first called “Christian”, and Jerusalem, where our religion was born—were in Syria. The Islamic hordes were not interested in taking prisoners. A massive dust storm at a critical point assisted the desert invaders, who were used to it. At the end of the six day battle, “there was no withdrawal, no rearguard action, no nucleus of survivors. There was nothing left (of the powerful Roman army).” Rapidly fell Jerusalem, Egypt, Carthage, Alexandria, all of North Africa, all enabled by the resounding Muslim victory at Yarmuk. Those lands are still mostly Islamic today. Yes, the geographical center of the Islamic world was once Christian, but in name only.
Who cares? Have I gone bonkers, trying to weave a coherent tapestry from strands of ancient battles, Paul’s epistle to the Roman church, YouTube’s capitulation to the LGBTQers? Ibrahim quotes from a late 7th century Christian manuscript called The Apocalypse. Both the Muslim conquerors and the Christian vanquished believed that God gave Islam the bloody victory because He was angry with the Christians. They differed on why. The Muslims believed that Allah was punishing Christians for their beliefs—the Trinity, the divinity of Christ and other “heresies.” But according to The Apocalypse, most of the Christian leaders of those days believed that God was using pagan rulers, as He used Nebuchadnezzar and others before, to punish his people for their abominations. Some sins are worse than others. “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.
What did the writers of that time say? Sophronius, patriarch of Jerusalem, after the capture of the Holy city in 639. “But the present circumstances are forcing me to think differently about our way of life, for why are [so many] wars being fought among us? Why do barbarian raids abound? Why are the troops of the Saracens attacking us? Why has there been so much destruction and plunder? Why are there incessant outpourings of human blood? Why are the birds of the sky devouring human bodies? Why have churches been pulled down? Why is the cross mocked? Why is Christ, who is the dispenser of all good things and the provider of this joyousness of ours, blasphemed by pagan mouths (ethnikois tois stomasi) so that he justly cries out to us: ‘Because of you my name is blasphemed among the pagans,’ and this is the worst of all the terrible things that are happening to us. That is why the vengeful and God-hating Saracens, the abomination of desolation clearly foretold to us by the prophets, overrun the places which are not allowed to them, plunder cities, devastate fields, burn down villages, set on fire the holy churches, overturn the sacred monasteries, oppose the Byzantine armies arrayed against them, and in fighting raise up the trophies [of war] and add victory to victory. Moreover, they are raised up more and more against us and increase their blasphemy of Christ and the church, and utter wicked blasphemies against God. Yet these vile ones would not have accomplished this nor seized such a degree of power as to do and utter lawlessly all these things, unless we had first insulted the gift [of baptism] and first defiled the purification, and in this way grieved Christ, the giver of gifts, and prompted him to be angry with us, good though he is and though he takes no pleasure in evil, being the fount of kindness and not wishing to behold the ruin and destruction of men. We are ourselves, in truth, responsible for all these things and no word will be found for our defence. What word or place will be given us for our defence when we have taken all these gifts from him, befouled them and defiled everything with our vile actions?”
The writer of The Apocalypse, probably the same person, was more specific about what “befouled and defiled.” He says, “men put on clothes of adulterous women and prostitutes, adorn themselves as women and openly stand in the squares and markets of towns and change their natural practice for an unnatural one…likewise, women did the same…For this reason God delivered them into the hands of the barbarians.. and the sons of Ishmael will cast lots for them.” Romans 1, anyone? Or a bunch of superstitious, bigoted rot? We moderns think our society is polluted, but it’s no worse, and probably better, than the West of 639. Our military power is overcoming militant Islam, yet if we continue to kowtow to the LGBTQers, if we don’t heed the warnings of history, God can yet break our power.
I have called my post The unapologetic win….temporarily. This refers to the forces of militant Islam, which conquered much of the west in their unapologetic zeal, bloodthirsty as it was. They won great battles. Will they win the war? My next post fast-forwards to the present day war in Syria. Christians need to be even more unapologetic!