I don't know about you, but some of the stuff going in the world is downright scary and also absolutely heartbreaking. The latest being another attack in Nigeria by the Boko Haram. They just seem to be evil to the core, no regard for human life, power hungry men doing everything out of selfish ambition and under the guise of religion.
It breaks my heart to think about the daughters who were taken, and who knows what done to. I can't imagine that being my own girl! The families and mothers... utterly helpless. And the boys who are turned into hatred and gunfire, with only fear and power to drive them the deeper they get and the longer they are forced to stay.
I read the most interesting book by Dr. Nabeel Qureshi over Christmas, and it really opened my mind to the upbringing and mindset of the average Muslim. I been circling around listening to some youTube video lectures he's given and gotten a little caught up in it. He talks in depth about being raised in Islam, the difference between being Western born compared to Eastern born (as his parents were), and the clash of culture that creates. The guy is super brilliant, has a BsC, an MD and a few other Masters degrees in apolgetics and religion. Towards the end of the book when he was really investigating why he was an Ahmadi Muslim, a peace keeping and seeking one, and what the religion really was about, since he says most Muslims don't really read and study on their own, because of the high respect and trust in their leaders (imaam) to do that for them, he starting finding so many references to the forced violence and call for Muslims to jihad. He says the majority of Muslims are peaceful, do not think their religion condones this and do not seek to kill those who don't follow Allah. But once he started really studying the life of Muhammed and the Quran, he began seeing how that wasn't true and in the end decides that he couldn't continue to follow this path or faith, giving up his family in the process. The historical evidence for the accuracy of their Scriptures just didn't exist either.
Anyways... this is starting to sound like a book report, but I was so fascinated by the history within the context of recent world events. Being on this continent, we are pretty removed from that, but it is starting to infiltrate the West, especially Europe and there are increasing conversations about sharia law which could be a disaster to our political system, let alone the status and treatment of women!
I have no idea how to respond, or even do anything in our own small lives and our own daily influences. I feel like I can just weep with the mothers who have lost their children, the horror that those who have survived have seen and with continue to see in their mind's eye forever. And I am so thankful for people who are brave and work in these places, who fight for truth and freedom. And pray that Good will continue to battle Evil and know it will win in the end.