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Jamal Ahmed Mohammed al-Badawi, escaped terrorist available for ‘adoption’
A U.S. military chaplain who served in Iraq is calling Christians to take up the spiritual battle against radical Islam, inviting them to “adopt a terrorist for prayer.”
“Where is the Christian response to terrorism?” writes former reserve chaplain Thomas Bruce on his organization’s website, Adopt-a-Terrorist for Prayer. “If the struggle against violence done in the name of Islam is primarily spiritual, then defeating it requires a spiritual response.”
The website continues, “The war on terrorism transcends flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). It involves spiritual powers behind twisted ideologies. With prayer, we fight fire with water. We engage the actual enemy with a spiritual weapon forged by the completely opposite Spirit.”
Founded in 2008, Adopt-a-Terrorist for Prayer features short biographies of individuals identified by the FBI and State Department as terrorists and terrorism sponsors. It even offers to send “adoption papers” to those who will agree to pray for the spiritual liberation, repentance and salvation of radical jihadists.
Quoting Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:44 – “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” – Bruce told CNN his team created the website in hopes of transforming the war against terrorism.
“We’ve been fighting this for about 10 years with material means, and it hasn’t really changed the nature of it,” Bruce told religion reporter Katie Glaeser. “By bringing spiritual perspective to it, and as the Lord answers some of those prayers, it could and should hopefully have a profound change on the viciousness of the conflict we’re in.”
Bruce told CNN that his team’s site also helps draw an important line of distinction between battling the radical Islamic ideology that fuels terrorism and demonizing the people enslaved to it.
“It’s really important to service personnel to do their service for their country without dehumanizing the people who are trying to hurt their country,” Bruce said.
“Even once someone is captured,” he continued, “they might not be a threat nationally any longer but they still have value to God, and we’d still like to see them changed.”
He explains further on the site: “When we hate, we are reactive victims. When we love we seize the initiative. Love for country helps soldiers to risk their lives. Love for children enables parents to discipline them without being intimidated. Love for us took Jesus to the cross. Love for enemies will give courage to face, overcome and transform them and the environment that breeds them.”
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