By Beth Groh

Note from Lisa: Hi Frontline Moms, this post would make a great discussion starter at family dinnertime. You can help your kids identify the worldview used to filter the news on world events.

You saw the images on TV … swarms of people taking to the streets of Egypt, spreading to Iran, Yemen and other countries in the Middle East.

An uneasy feeling?

Wondering how—or if—or when—it might touch your life?

Your instinctive “unsettled” reaction is wise. You are, as a Frontline Mom, already impacted by this uprising… just not necessarily in the way you might think.

Now I’m not going to muse about the geo-political consequences, the Muslim-Christian tensions, the ominous threat to Israel, the security threat to the vital Suez Canal, etc. All valid issues to consider.

But let’s zero in on something else.

As you watch the events—and, perhaps more importantly, news coverage on these events—you’ll sense an utter bewilderment and denial about the true intentions of the hard-core Muslim Jihadists, who quite possibly will gain influence out of the chaos.

Many so-called analysts and journalists dismiss the words and actions of hard-line radicals who truly want to usher in a new Muslim world order, headed by a Caliphate, where Sharia law reigns and “infidels” are silenced. Have you heard that spin?

Just this week, those words came from former President Jimmy Carter when he spoke in Texas: “I think that the Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of,” Carter said. “They will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and democracy.”

Ask yourself this: Why shouldn’t we believe that certain religious zealots mean what they say when they call for a world Islamic government? And why shouldn’t we fear their potential for growing influence in Egypt and other nations?

I take Muslim radicals at their word—that big hole in the ground that used to be the World Trade Center makes me a believer.

Yet many liberals dismiss the threat. Why?

Once again, we’re in a battle of worldviews.

Those with a worldly, humanistic worldview see the world through man’s eyes. Religion? Optional and often oppressive. No one religion is right—truth is in the eye of the beholder. (Some post-modernists even doubt “truth” exists.)

The Bible is a good teaching tool, they reason, but must be viewed as written by flawed men and evaluated in its historical context. Same with the Koran.

So in that humanistic worldview, only those few “unenlightened” people cling to their Bibles or Korans.

Those with a secular, humanist worldview have a hard time understanding why anyone could feel so passionately about their faith—whether Muslim or Christian.

Die for one’s faith? Hard to fathom, since faith, in that worldview, is often considered a personal choice that is selected—much like a favorite sport or a preferred place to live—and not a core religious belief to govern one’s life.

Therefore it’s no surprise that those of us with a biblical worldview—or even a radical Islamic worldview—seem distant, narrow-minded, powerless.

That’s naïve. And dangerous, if those leaders underestimate the risk and weaken our nation’s defense.

As someone with a biblical worldview, you must learn to watch for—and identify—the worldview of those who are filtering information to you about world events, such as those in Egypt or Iran, or making decisions on your behalf in government on how to respond to those issues.

Be skeptical if you hear assurances like this: “Don’t worry—radical Muslims may talk a tough game but they won’t take control of a country so ‘Westernized’ as Egypt.” Ask yourself: What appears to be the worldview of the person telling you, “Don’t worry”?

A secular worldview minimizes the power of faith. A biblical worldview realizes that faith is power … for evil or for good.

So stand guard, Frontline Moms, and use the discernment that comes from a biblical worldview to analyze events swirling around you … instead of letting others filter events for you and your family with mere human eyes that will distort.

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2 responses »

  1. Beth says:

    Thanks for taking the time to read the blog and reply. Perhaps no one other than President Carter himself can know the true meaning of his words… but statements like this and others reported recently in the media suggest a willingness to believe the best of the Muslim Brotherhood, or believe its influence in the region is overstated and unduly feared. That may or may not have been the former president’s assertion in this context, but his previous statements and actions in the Middle East suggest he has in the past underestimated the strength of radicals within the Muslim faith. Please keep reading and always question, question, question! We’re all called by Christ to use biblical discernment so thanks for heeding that call.

  2. Lanny says:

    I like your blog and AiG, so I want to step in here for a minute — I don’t think Carter was saying, “Don’t worry” as you defined it. I’m not necessarily defending President Carter’s worldview, but I think you might have misunderstood his core message when he said, “I think that the Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of,” and “They will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and democracy.” He said this in the broader context of a Muslim mid-east.

    I think Carter’s comment is better understood from what I think was his original perspective, and that is that Egypt is primarily a Muslim state (not to mention much of the mid-east), and simply because of this fact one would expect any Muslim group to eventually take power, of which there are many choices. Given this, Carter was simply saying that he doesn’t think it will be the Muslim Brotherhood per se that will win the elections. I think that’s all he meant. He wasn’t saying, “the Muslims as a whole are not that big of a concern on my radar” — no, that entirely goes against what I understand Carter to stand for.

    Of course I could be wrong, but I honestly think you misunderstood what Carter was saying. That’s my 2 cents. God bless!

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