Darrow Miller and Friends

As the World Watches Egypt

Today Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sent a confusing signal to the world about his intentions. As we publish this post, he has not resigned. In a few hours, Muslims will be at their Friday prayers. Possible scenarios include Islamist foment and control.

While God alone sees the future, He calls us to live “sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age” (Tit 2:12 NASB). Living sensibly in 2011 is understanding the agenda of Jihadism.

Darrow Miller, in a forthcoming book, puts it like this:

We are faced with secular and Jihadist ideologies who know who they are and what they are about. They have a narrative that guides their lives; they want to impose these ideas on the world.

… on August 23, 1996 … Osama bin Laden issued his multi-page Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places. … “These youths [the Jihadists] love death as you love life,” he wrote. “These youths will not ask you for explanations, they will tell you singing there is nothing between us [that] need[s] to [be] explained, there is only killing and neck smiting.”

These chilling words go to the heart of the conflict between the Jihadists and the West: they love death as much as we love life!

Today, many academics, reporters, and government view the world through an atheistic and materialistic set of glasses. They see all problems and their solutions through political and economic lenses. They cannot understand how Jihadists can be motivated by religious belief.

No one in today’s world can justify being ignorant of the Jihadist threat to freedom and security.

– Gary Brumbelow

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Gary is the Disciple Nations Alliance editorial manager. He manages Darrow Miller and Friends and serves as editor and co-writer on various book projects. For eight years Gary served as a cross-cultural church planting missionary among First Nations people of Canada. His career also includes 14 years as executive director of InterAct Ministries, an Oregon-based church-planting organization in Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. Gary is a graduate of Grace University, earned an MA from Wheaton College and a Graduate Studies Diploma from Western Seminary. He lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife, Valerie. They have two married sons and twelve grandchildren. In addition to his work with the DNA, Gary serves as the pastor of Troutdale Community Church.