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Tuesday, April 7, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

The other day I read of a group of Muslims somewhere down South. They were demanding an addition to one of their buildings.

They were all dressed in similar shirts that read demanding words. They showed up at the public meeting where citizens were permitted to express whether they agreed to or opposed the addition.

The non-Muslims hardly stood a chance against the mean, in-your-face opposition leveled against them by Muslims.

So is this what American communities are going to have to deal with henceforth? Could be.

Muslims multiply more than non-Muslims. In short order, this country could be overrun by Muslims who elect an American Muslim government.

As I thought of that I opened my Bible to read of my God and His power. I also read in that same passage how this God provides His grace children with the gift of peace.

“The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11

I concluded that no matter what goes on in this upside down world, the peace gift is always there for the true believer. It is a gift deposited in our hearts.

Unbelievers know nothing of this gift for they turn their backs against the God of the Bible. The backslidden know nothing of this gift. They once knew the gift was theirs; but now they have turned back to their evil lifestyles.

I also read throughout the newsfeeds of other threats to our Republic. Then I remembered that our Republic—founded on a Christian base—has always been threatened by the enemy of democracy. Every generation has had to fight its own battles against the

So the present Muslim threat is confronting not only believers but the believers’ God of the Bible. Believers know that our God is more powerful than the Muslim Allah, the latter being Satan.

Consequently, we win while fighting. We have victory in the midst of the battle. The reason? The battle is the Lord’s.

With that, we have the peace gift as canopy for today and every day.

Psalm 24:

Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of his [a] holiness.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.

The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
Sirion [b] like a young wild ox.

The voice of the LORD strikes
with flashes of lightning.

The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;
the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

The voice of the LORD twists the oaks [c]
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"

The LORD sits [d] enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.