Summary: No nation outside of Israel has ever been so blessed by God. But our liberties, our way of life and the very future of our nation are confronted by a number of threats today. What is America’s greatest threat?
AMERICA’S GREATEST THREAT
ISAIAH 1:1-4, 18-20
INTRODUCTION: We are blessed to live in America and to be able to enjoy its freedoms and blessings. In 1857, James Buchanan in his inaugural address said, "No nation in the tide of time has ever been blessed with so rich and noble an inheritance as we enjoy." Indeed, no nation outside of Israel has ever been so blessed by God. But our liberties, our way of life and the very future of our nation are confronted by a number of threats today. Many have varied and differing views of what is America’s greatest threat. Let us consider some of these threats and see what is our greatest threat.
I. International or global terrorism is a great threat to America.
A. No longer are the terrorist acts of fanatical groups limited to other countries. The events of September 11, 2001 were the act of enemies of the United States, determined to spread terror and cripple our country with fear. To an extent they have somewhat succeeded. We have altered our lifestyles in many areas especially in air travel.
B. Terrorism threatens society by instilling fear and helplessness in its citizens. It seeks to hold a society or government hostage by fear of destruction and harm.
C. We are told that potentially Dozens of al Qaeda terrorists in "sleeper" cells and members of other terrorist groups pose a threat to the United States.
D. U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Florida said, "The estimate is that there are 100 or more al Qaeda operatives inside the United States, some who have been here for a considerable period of time, all of whom went through a training process to prepare them to carry out terrorist plots when they were called upon to do so."
E. Terrorism is a threat but it is not America’s greatest threat.
II. Islam is a great threat
A. Islamic terrorism has been touted as the extreme fringe element of Islam; that true Muslims are called to strive for peace. But understand that as Serge Trifkovic states in his book The Sword of the Prophet, the peace that Muslims are called to implement is impossible without being established under Islamic rule.
B. Islam’s ultimate goal is to rule the world. Islamic theology provides two methods for this to be accomplished. The first is spiritual, as people are lured into converting to Islam. The second is coercive; it is the political/physical conquest of nations. For Muslims, there are no gray areas. They see the world in black and white. To them the world is divided into two big camps: the House of Islam and the House of War. The House of Islam are the Muslims, and the House of war are the non-Muslims. Muslims (the House of Islam) are in a constant state of spiritual – political - physical warfare with Non-Muslims (the House of War) until they subjugate them into Islam. - Copied
C. In the Koran’s Surah 9:29, Allah tells Muslims to fight the people of the Book, "Fight those who do not believe in God and the last day...and fight People of the Book, who do not accept the religion of truth (Islam) until they pay tribute by hand, being inferior."
D. When the Arabs invaded Morocco they slaughtered 35,000 Christians and their blood was literally flowing through the streets. The Arabs then removed their white hats and dipped them in the blood of the Christians, which is why many Muslims wear red felt hats today call Fez; the slaughter took place in a city called Fez. These hats are a testimony to the blood of innocent people.
E. In September 1922, Islamic Turks annihilated 200,000 Christians on the Quay of Smyrna’s harbor while American, British, Italian, and French ships looked on. In 1989 it is estimated that Indonesian Muslims had murdered 200,000 East Timorese Christians. Both are examples of the genocide of those who oppose Islam.
F. Author Samuel Huntington predicts that "Muslims in the world will continue to increase dramatically, amounting to 20 percent of the world’s population about the turn of the [21st] century, surpassing the number of Christians some years later..."
G. According to United Nations statistics, the Muslim population in the United States grew by 25 percent between 1989 and 1998. In 1990 there were only about 50 Islamic schools in America. Today the number is over 200.3 Since about 1990 the number of "registered Islamic centers and mosques" has tripled to "more than 2,500."
H. Islam is a great threat but it is not our greatest threat.
III. Immorality is a great threat
A. One of the most pressing problems facing America today is our moral crisis. The debacle of this year’s super-bowl half-time show is not surprising given the moral decline of America.
B. Richard Land told Oklahoma City-area pastors Jan. 31 that the greatest danger America faces is the growing surge of Internet pornography. "If I were going to attack America, I would attack America through sex. And that’s precisely what (Satan) has done," said Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC. Internet pornographers grossed more than $1 billion in 1999--a 30 percent gain from 1998, Land noted. Land told the story of an SBC agency trustee who watched her son’s marriage fail due to a pornography addiction he developed as a pre-teen. "It was at 11 that we lost our boy, and until last week we didn’t know why," the woman told Land. "Don’t let your children have unsupervised access to the Internet," Land warned. "Take that computer out of their bedroom. Put it in a semi-public place ... And I’m here to tell you, it’s probably something you don’t need to have private access to either. "This is addictive material. And it is pouring like a cancerous pollutant into the spiritual life of our nation."