Everyone now knows the menacing Evil called ISIL or ISIS.
Eighteen months ago they didn’t even “exist.” Six months ago they were a blip on the global terror-watch radar. One month ago, one man named Wolf started crying out.
Congressman Frank Wolf who serves us all but who hails from the 10th District in Virginia, discerned the threat and called it out for what it is weeks before others were willing to consider it any more than a Junior Varsity militant operation.
On July 22nd, one month ago today, Frank Wolf concludes his remarks to his Congressional colleagues with the words, “The time to act is now.”
But his words were treated as those of a boy crying Wolf.
Wolf’s words now haunt, as…
- Thirty days later the first American, James Foley, has been gruesomely beheaded – literally in front of a watching world.
- Thirty days later the number of people slaughtered has risen by the thousands.
- Thirty days later the number of women and girls abducted and sold into sexual slavery is beyond the State Department’s ability to estimate.
- Thirty days later our national leaders still have no comprehensive strategy to bring an end to the threat that ISIS has clearly become.
Thirty days ago Frank Wolf called it “genocide” – a word that has meaning and gravitas, and a word that the administration is now using to describe the actions of ISIS against the Yazidi people whose plight we all know from the coverage of events on Sinjar mountain.
From July 22 to July 31, Frank Wolf took to the floor of the U.S. Congress on seven different occasions to raise awareness, ring the alarm, and move his colleagues to action on behalf of religious minorities who found themselves in ISIS’s path to a worldwide Caliphate.
Since then, Wolf has been joined in his cause by figures like the Pope. But here on the pages of the Layman I’d like to point out that it was a faithful protestant layman serving in the halls of Congress who saw the early writing on the wall and signaled the alarm. Indeed, it was a sheep named Wolf.
Thanks for noting the service of Congressman Wolf. Unfortunately the blindness of our national leaders to such gathering threats is, and has been for a long time, standard operating procedures. Just search for the phrase “CIA surprised…” or “CIA caught off-guard” and see what you get.
Here’s the real question: who’s purpose is served by having national leaders of both political parties who uniformly and routinely underestimate the threats to our national security? The same question can be asked about the “leaders” who have turned deaf ears and eyes to the threats to the PCUSA for the last fifty years.
Thanks to The Layman for continuing to sound the alarms.
I believe that the United States is under the judgement of God for many reasons including those mentioned by Mr. Denton. We sing God Bless America at many of our sports events, but the question is, why should God bless America? We need renewal in all areas of our society and if we continue as we are, we will find ISIS on our streets as well one day soon. How do we warrant God’s blessing? The answer is in 2 Chronicles 7: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.
“I believe that the United States is under the judgement of God for many reasons”
abortion, birth control, fornication, living together without marriage, gay marriage, drug addiction, including prescription drug abuse, alcohol abuse, worship of sports, vanity, fame, money.
let’s talk specifics; every time we do, those engaged in these sins argue to protect their behavior.
I agree, Louisville has not yet received the message, but one day they will, Rev. 20 and 21.