The War on Terror – Won By A Mother’s Hand

The War on Terror – Won By A Mother’s Hand

It is difficult for many of us to wrap our minds around the Muslim concept that it is OK for someone to blow himself up, and in the process kill others who are innocent, in order to make a political/religious statement.  We think of people who would do such a thing as insane or brainwashed.  But the reality behind this terroristic event goes much deeper than insanity or brainwashing.  It is at the core of a worldview that teaches and permits violence as a tool for expressing, expanding, and enforcing political/religious ideology.
Jihad of the Sword is about expanding the control of Islam over all non-Muslims.  There is certainly disagreement among Muslims as to the meaning of Jihad and how it is to be practiced.  But the reality is that a large percentage of Muslims, even those born and raised in the West, believe in Jihad by the Sword.  The cultural and world dominance of Islam, as practiced in Jihad of the Sword, is political and religious.  In the Islamic worldview, politics and religion are inseparable.  This seems crazy to Western thinking, but it is a reality.  How does this kind of thinking, this worldview, propagate from generation to generation?

The Pew Global Attitude Project gives us some insight.  In the document “The Great Divide: How Westerners and Muslims View Each Other” released on June 22, 2006, it was reported:
The belief that terrorism is justifiable in the defense of Islam, while less extensive than in previous surveys, still has a sizable number of adherents. Among Nigeria’s Muslim population, for instance, nearly half (46%) feel that suicide bombings can be justified often or sometimes in the defense of Islam. Even among Europe’s Muslim minorities, roughly one-in-seven in France, Spain, and Great Britain feel that suicide bombings against civilian targets can at least sometimes be justified to defend Islam against its enemies. (

If this report is correct, then one of the implications is that there are more than 100 million Muslims in our world who believe that Jihad by the Sword against the West is OK.  I don’t think the War on Terror will be won by armies with smart munitions.  In fact, the very struggle at the heart of the War on Terror is fuel for those who want to practice Jihad by the Sword.
Please don’t misunderstand me.  I believe our government should use every possible measure to protect us from terrorists, and do so away from our shores if and when possible.   But we must understand that this very protection feeds the problem.  Proactively defending ourselves builds justification in the minds of those who support Jihad by the Sword.  The battles we fight with soldiers and smart bombs are tactical in nature, local in effect, and will not win the War on Terror.  So, how do we defend ourselves?

Jihad by the Sword is a worldview issue that goes to the core beliefs of at least 100 million Muslims.  The primary institution responsible for passing worldview from generation to generation is family.  The primary person responsible for the passing of worldview within the family is the mother!
In the 1800s a man by the name of William Ross Wallace wrote a poem entitled “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.”  The refrain for each stanza of the poems goes:

For the hand that rocks the cradle
 Is the hand that rules the world.

Mothers establish the environment, and often the content, for worldview transmission.  Muslims who believe in Jihad by the Sword are predisposed to this worldview because of what their mothers taught them by attitude and word.  These teachings were further reinforced by the religious education system of Islam.  And even in the West, secular schools cannot undo the worldviews that are established at home and reinforced by religious education.  This is true for Christianity as well as Islam and other belief systems.

So, the War on Terror is really a spiritual battle that can only be won by replacing the Worldview of Islam with a Biblical Worldview.  The only way we are going to see terrorism end is by building relationships with Muslim families in such a way that we can share the Gospel.  As the Gospel is heard and the Spirit of Christ moves, these families are changed from the inside out by their faith in Christ and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.  Mothers will begin to teach their children by action and word to obey the Bible.  Christian Religious Centers and leaders reinforce this, and young people develop new attitudes regarding how to deal with injustice and world politics.

The War on Terror cannot be won with a smart bomb.  There are not enough armies to defeat 100 million adherents to Jihad by the Sword and the propagation of this worldview by each generation’s mothers.  This spiritual war will be won by Spirit-led Christians who love their neighbors as themselves, share the Gospel, make disciples, and teach them to obey – family by family, mother by mother.


David Watson
Irving, Texas

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
Blessings on the hand of women!
Angels guard its strength and grace,
In the palace, cottage, hovel,
Oh, no matter where the place;
Would that never storms assailed it,
Rainbows ever gently curled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
Infancy’s the tender fountain,
Power may with beauty flow,
Mother’s first to guide the streamlets,
From them souls unresting grow–
Grow on for the good or evil,
Sunshine streamed or evil hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
Woman, how divine your mission
Here upon our natal sod!
Keep, oh, keep the young heart open
Always to the breath of God!
All true trophies of the ages
Are from mother-love impearled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
Blessings on the hand of women!
Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,
And the sacred song is mingled
With the worship in the sky–
Mingles where no tempest darkens,
Rainbows evermore are hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

                by William Ross Wallace (1819-1881)

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