September 5, 2014
Convert of Die?
Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the Robertson family who is portrayed on the reality show Duck Dynasty. Recently he was interviewed by Sean Hannity from Fox News and they were discussing the rise of radical Islam. Sean asked Phil what the answer was to dealing with radical Islamist’s such as ISIS. Phil replied with a simple answer that the media has gone nuts over and has even compared him to be one and the same with the ISIS jihadist’s.
“In this case you either have to convert them, which I think is…ah… would be next to impossible. I am not giving up on them but I am just saying either convert them or kill them.” (Robertson, 2014)
Phil’s answer is quite simple as I have mentioned and not controversial at all. He offers two solutions which happen to be two extremes. Of course when you mention two extremes such as conversion and death the media is going to lose their minds and start ranting and raving for the purpose of selling their air time. However before you lose your mind as well, let us look at the two extremes Phil has proposed.
The first and the best case scenario would be to “convert them”. Is this the best choice of words? Maybe not. To convert someone as Phil phrased it could have the connotation of forcing someone to embrace a particular faith or face an ultimatum such as the reverse far extreme of death. As a fellow Christian and Bible believer I know that Phil in no way, fashion, shape, or form implying that the Islamists convert to Christianity or face death as an ultimatum. He knows and I know that “voluntary and sincere” conversion would be the best outcome and the greatest solution to ending the jihadist ideology and preventing their deaths along with those that are killed by their hands. Remember the question proposed to Phil by Sean was implying how do we return to a peaceful state- Jesus is Peace. Christians are not the ones beheading innocent human beings in the name of their God…neither are they requested or commanded to in their Scripture. We want peace, the radical Islamists want jihad.
The other extreme solution that Phil offers is death. Again, not due to the fact that the jihadist will refuse to convert; but because they are threatening our national security and beheading our people who are innocent. In other words these Islamist radicals called ISIS and others are committing acts of war and will be destroyed on the battlefield unless they surrender under peaceful terms. Only one of these peaceful options would be to convert to Christianity voluntarily which will, by the way, not be offered by our nation or military as a term of surrender obviously. Christians knowing the power of the Gospel see it as the best peaceful solution to avoid the loss of life on both sides.
Many are appalled that a Christian would even suggest the death of another human being as an option for peace. As a soldier I get this question quite often- How can you kill someone on the battlefield? Believe me it is the last thing that I would ever want to face. However in my heart I know that if I must take a life on the battlefield such as the life of a radical Islamic terrorist it would be for the purpose of saving countless other lives in the future that would have been lost if that one murderous jihadi was to live. The jihadist kills for his evil blood thirsty god with no regard for peace. A Christian seeks his God for peace and will defend his faith, family, and people at all costs against these wicked ones.
Are there peaceful solutions that fall in between conversion and death? Of course there are! For centuries Christians, Muslims, and Jews have been able to coexist peacefully. However there will always be and always have been those who do live by the ideology of “convert or die” and will refuse to see and other solution in between; but I am quite confident it is not Phil Robertson or many other Christians to include myself. If the media and factions of the public are ignorant and foolish enough to compare Phil and Christians alike with Islamic Jihadist Terrorism, they are sadly mistaken. Honestly, I do not believe all are completely ignorant, but then again if you tell the truth in context it may not sell. So who are the real villains?
©Lightfighter Six (LF6)
Note: I put together a video with clips from the Sean Hannity interview of Phil Robertson and posted in on YouTube. Click on the following to view.
Phil Robertson versus ISIS Jihadist