Your enemy is neither Israel nor America.
Second Persian Gulf War has had American and Muslim leaders talking about
“enemies.” Leaders of nations, historically, have blamed other nations
for their problems. Thus, enemies are created. Hitler blamed the Jews for
Germany’s troubles, for example. This same process occurs on a personal
level; it is often easier to focus on an enemy and thereby avoid taking
responsibility for our own problems. Substance abusers, for example, may
blame their parents for the addictions that plague their lives.
had a few enemies in my time. Enemies come and go; some enemies have become
friends. Maybe “enemy” is too strong a word. I have no doubt that some
of my enemies have not known my state of mind and would have been surprised
had they known what was in my heart. Usually I created my enemies; they
were real only in my mind and heart; they were not enemies in the classical
sense. The saying, “I was my own worst enemy,” probably most accurately
describes most of my experience.
I had no enemies at all and blamed no one for my difficulties, I would
still have an enemy. This enemy is unseen, unheard, almost unreal, yet
cunning, deceptive, and deadly. And this enemy lurks within me--the perfect
camouflage. Could this be true of the Muslim as well as the Christian?
people, let me ask you: If Israel and America disappeared from the face
of the earth, what then? Would you be without an enemy? Would your life
be paradise? If you were on a desert island, having arrived there direct
from the womb, would you have an enemy? With no culture, no religion, no
politics, just the proverbial blank slate, would you have an enemy? You
would. This enemy is your own sinful self.
have sinned.” This is the testimony of both Old and New Testament. (see
Psalm 106:6 and Romans 3:23) This means Israeli, American, Muslim, whomever.
Any citizen of the world sitting alone under a palm tree, on a desert island,
with waves lapping onto the golden sand, sin would be there. American,
Englishman, Iraqi, Saudi, and so on—no matter, sin would be there and it
would be in you. And unless it was forgiven, it would mean no paradise,
no eternal life—only an eternal separation from God in hell.
could you do? Nothing at all! There you are all alone with no good deed
to perform, no church or mosque for worship, no clergy for counsel. You
are alone with your unforgiven sin.
could pray! That you could do. Jesus said, “All that the Father gives me
will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out (John 6:37).
You can come to Jesus in prayer. He covered your sin when He died on the
cross. His shed blood covers your sin. That is the only way your sin can
be forgiven. Jesus rose from the dead and reigns with God the Father in
heaven right now. Jesus is the mediator who stands between you and God
the Father. All alone on an island and God can be with you. He will indwell
you. He will be your Savior. He will be your Lord and God. When you die
you will be with your God and Savior forever and ever.
own sin is the enemy, your only real enemy. You may defeat or be defeated
by your worldly enemies all your life and it will make no difference. Victor
or vanquished—it does not matter. One day you will stand before God at
the judgment. There you will be with your sin. Jesus asks you to leave
your sin at His cross, come to Him, and receive His salvation.