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Dec 19, 2011

The All-American Muslim Show

A new reality TV show called "All-American Muslim" has begun airing on The Learning Channel. It follows the day-to-day lives of five Muslim-American families in Dearborn, Michigan. Cast members talk about their faith and the troubles they are having living in America.

The show has quickly become the target of several conservative Christian watchdog groups. The Florida Family Association has started an online campaign to pressure marketers to pull their advertising from the program. They were quickly able to get Lowe's and Kayak.com, the online travel site, to withdraw their support.

In a letter to members, the Florida Family Association stated that "TLC's 'All-American Muslim' is propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda's clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values," the group wrote. "The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to the liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish."

In a strange twist of fate, the backlash has suffered its own backlash. Several liberal groups have been going after Lowe's and Kayak.com for pulling their ads. California State Senator Ted Lieu called the move "bigoted, shameful, and un-American." A petition on SignOn.org is trying to pressure companies to keep advertising on the show. Actress Mia Farrow, in a Twitter post, urged a boycott of Lowe's.

The liberal media is probably the biggest supporter of the Islamic agenda. Last week, Newt Gingrich was doing an interview with The Jewish Channel, and he triggered alarm bells in newsrooms by calling the Palestinians an “invented people”--which is true. Within a couple of days, hundreds of news articles were written about Gingrich’s comment. None of the authors consulted with historians. The press just ran to Palestinian leaders to get the standard rebuttal. If the liberal media didn't have such a bias, it would realize that using Palestinians as an official source is about as valid as using the Bigfoot Information Project as a sole source for reports investigating the existence of the legendary woodland creature.

The press is following a narrative that requires American culture to surrender to the values held by our enemies. Their zeal occasionally gets them in trouble. MSNBC was forced last Wednesday to apologize to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign for airing a segment that linked Romney's use of the expression "Keep America American" to the Ku Klux Klan. "During the 11AM hour on MSNBC, we reported on a blog item that compared a phrase used by the Romney campaign to one used by the KKK in the 1920s," Chris Matthews said on Wednesday. "It was irresponsible and incendiary of us to do this and showed an appalling lack of judgment. We apologize, we really do, to the Romney campaign." MSNBC has made a regular habit of apologizing for offensive remarks about conservatives. They might as well include a statement of remorse at the end of each broadcast.

The problem I have with the show "The All-American Muslim" starts with the title. There is nothing all-American about Muslims. When members of this religion immigrate to a non-Muslim nation, they are trained to first view themselves as a citizen of an Islamic alliance. You can call them American, British, or French Muslim, but when the time comes, they will gladly support violence to advance the Islamic agenda.

We should have learned how reliable a Muslim can be when U.S. Major Nidal Hasan decided his faith required him to gun down a dozen of his fellow soldiers. The Obama administration is now trying to say the Fort Hood massacre was simply "workplace violence." We've reached the depths of insanity when it has become possible to ignore the fact that someone was yelling "Allah is Great" as he pumped bullets into innocent people. Criminals facing a capital offense charge might as well say the Koran told them to do it.

The Muslim community likes to claim that they’re a peace-loving people just like us, but may the Lord help any nation where they become the majority. Good witnessing isn’t the reason Islam controls 99 percent of the population in the average Muslim nation. Brute force is what has them bowing toward Mecca each day.

Bible prophecy tells us that there is spiritual conflict between Abraham's two sons. Isaac is the son of the promise and Ishmael is cursed as a "wild ass," a man with his hand against every man and every man's hand against him (Genesis 16:12). Not only have our leaders decided to side with the donkey son, they are now set to ride that beast right into the battle of Armageddon.

"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it" (Zechariah 12:2-3).

-- Todd

On Being Rapture Ready Part 1

Being prepared to meet Jesus Christ face to face--as far as trying to make that my constant state of mind is concerned--has been part of my every waking moment since Good Friday of this year. Not wishing to go over it in a public forum like this one ad nauseum, nonetheless, I’ve been considering the relationship between my near-death moments of April 22 and being Rapture ready, as is the thought wrapped up in our website’s name. So, here goes yet again…

This is intended to be an exhortation for all of us who name Christ as our Lord--urging us individually and collectively to hold Him close to our spiritual hearts during this Christmas season. It is not meant to dwell upon my personal experience as an overriding point of focus. Many who read this column on a regular basis know some of the details of my heart event on Good Friday of this year. I’m often corrected by my wife, Margaret, for not calling it a heart attack. For some reason that description just doesn’t register within my aging gray matter. Others have heart attacks, not me.

I remember thinking at the time it was occurring that this wasn’t possible. The EMT working on me told the hospital dispatcher that he had a “coronary in progress.” It didn’t register then, either. There I was, however, being rushed toward Saline Memorial Hospital, gasping for breath, the pain behind my sternum feeling as if it would explode my chest at any second.

I remember arriving and the gurney being tugged toward the ER outer doors. Then, there was the computer-like blip and I was suddenly before a large heavenly throng of young, beautiful, cheering men and women. The ambience of my surroundings was dazzling, and I wanted to join them. There was no recollection whatsoever of where I had been--no memories of this planetary existence.

I was, the doctor later told Margaret, dead on arrival.

They hit me with the defibrillation paddles--yes, just like you’ve seen in the shows where they say “Clear!” and then apply the paddles, making the body nearly jump off the table.

I felt nothing, but the action did cause me to leave the place I never wanted to leave. I remembered thinking, "I want to stay here forever in this perfect place.” But, everything turned dark and I awoke in total darkness on the gurney. This is because I’m blind due to a retinal disease, as many who read the account know. The pain behind the sternum grew worse and I heard the blip twice more. Each time I was before that cheering, enthusiastic throng of vibrant, young people. The sights were astonishing, colors of every description emanating from somewhere I could neither determine, nor cared to investigate. The third time I was among them, we were all racing, or being drawn by some powerful energy toward a destination I would never know. I was again in the hospital, this time on the cardiac unit’s procedure table. I had again been hit with the paddles.

I had survived the "widow maker," an artery-blockage that I was told only 5 percent of victims live through. I was clinically dead three times, my heart having stopped each time. I had been given a journey and return trip that few are privileged to experience--and I say that meaning it as humbly as it is possible to express the fact.

The reasons for and meanings of this experience have been confirmed and affirmed in my spiritual understanding. I’ve dealt briefly with those impressions from the Holy Spirit in a previous article HeavenVision.  God willing, there will be a more in-depth presentation on these matters in a book we have planned for release early in 2012, entitled HeavenVision: Glimpses of Glory.

I continue to be given insight into what it all means. As stated at the beginning of this commentary, my thoughts have been turned toward being ever ready to meet the Lord Jesus Christ face to face since that Good Friday when my heart ceased to beat those three times. One of the things constantly on my mind is that my heart could fail again at any moment.

My rehabilitation has been an absolutely amazing success story. And, in that regard, I thank so many of you whose prayers were obviously heard in the throne room of Heaven. I honestly haven’t experienced one moment’s problem, in any way, with my heart or anything else of consequence regarding my health. In fact, I was given the “Arkansas Cardiologist Association’s Patient of the Year Award for 2011” on November 18. I was asked to speak to their convention and I told them that I don’t know why I should be honored. All I did was survive. My Lord, Jesus Christ, deserves top honors, because He holds the keys to death and hell. I then said that they, the wonderful medical professionals, also deserve honors for being the ones God chose to put me back into this race.

The only problem has been cracked teeth and one crowned tooth broken completely off that resulted from being hit with the paddles those three times. Nonetheless, the thought is there that one’s last heartbeat can occur at any moment.

Each time my heart stopped, I stood not before Jesus Christ, but in front of a cheering cloud of witnesses as given in Hebrews 12:1-3. This simply means, I have been assured in my spiritual understanding, that this wasn’t really death. It was a preview I was given for reasons the Lord has determined. But, I will, when God’s timing has come to fullness for my life, stand before my Lord and Savior. It will happen just as instantaneously as did my near-death trip to the fringes of glory. I am ready for that moment, because Jesus saved my soul with His work of redemption on the cross at Calvary nearly 2,000 years ago. When my heart beats that final time, I will, in the twinkling of an eye (see 1 Corinthians 15: 52), stand before Him, and will be with Him for all of eternity.

But, my heart has not stopped for that final time. When Christ calls all believers, living and dead, to Himself, I will, if still alive, stand instantaneously before Him just as I stood instantaneously before that cheering cloud of witnesses on Good Friday, April 22, 2011.

Being Rapture ready is being ready, period. It means you are prepared to meet the Lord at any moment--at all times. Every believer has the same promise--to be present with the Lord when life on earth is over.

“We are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight :) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).

Next week we will go in-depth, examining details about what it means to be Rapture ready.