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Setting the Captives Free

by baldilocks

By now, every­one knows that a woman was beheaded in a Moore, NolenOkla­homa work­place by a Mus­lim–one who was ter­mi­nated from that same work­place for pros­e­ly­tiz­ing there. It also appears that this Mus­lim – Alton Alexan­der Nolen aka Ja’Keem Yis­rael – was a repeat felon. None of his felonies were nearly as vio­lent as the act he com­mit­ted against Colleen Huf­ford (mur­dered) and Traci John­son (crit­i­cally injured). (Ms. John­son might have been beheaded also, were it not for Mark Vaughn, who ended this par­tic­u­lar jihad by shoot­ing Nolen three times. This is Okla­homa we’re talk­ing about, after all)

It’s inter­est­ing to spec­u­late as to the spir­i­tual path on which Nolen trav­eled. He was a felon, but only a small-​time one. Drug felonies, mostly, and the worst thing he did before the mur­der was to seri­ously injure an OK sate trooper while resist­ing arrest. That, in itself, is bad enough. But the behead­ing is a giant leap into criminality…or, rather, a giant descent.

Roger L. Simon asks whether our pris­ons have become jihad fac­to­ries. It is a rhetor­i­cal ques­tion, to be sure. Mus­lims have been actively pros­e­ly­tiz­ing and gain­ing prison con­verts for decades. I’m guess­ing that the most famous one was Mal­colm X, who con­verted in the late 1950s. Nolen report­edly con­verted to Islam a few years back dur­ing one of his stays in prison.

The Apos­tle Paul said that each indi­vid­ual is always head­ing in a sin­gu­lar direc­tion – either to Heaven or to Hell – and that every step that each of us takes is one step toward the final des­ti­na­tion. I sub­mit that Nolen took one huge step toward his when he con­verted to Islam – an ide­ol­ogy which exhorts its believ­ers to, first, invite infi­dels to con­vert, then give them a choice between con­vert­ing and being beheaded.

The mur­der is merely a bea­con as to where Nolen’s final rest might be.

I say “might” because Nolen is still breath­ing. Some might say, unfor­tu­nately, but because he is still breath­ing, their is a chance that he can make a 180-​degree spir­i­tual turn. (Just to be clear, this is not a com­men­tary on any earthly penal­ties which he will likely pay.)

Along this train of thought, I began to think about Chris­tians who min­is­ter to pris­on­ers. I don’t know whether Chris­t­ian prison min­istries have a higher or lower “suc­cess rate” than do their Islamic coun­ter­parts, but I don’t think it mat­ters. What I do think mat­ters: that we Chris­tians pray for and sup­port those who go into the earthly dens of iniq­uity and tell the cap­tives of sin how to get free.

And we should also pray for the cap­tives them­selves; that they will hear and heed the voice of God the Father. And that they will do so before their Enemy – and ours – leads them to a fate worse than death.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012.

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by baldilocks

By now, everyone knows that a woman was beheaded in a Moore, NolenOklahoma workplace by a Muslim–one who was terminated from that same workplace for proselytizing there. It also appears that this Muslim–Alton Alexander Nolen aka Ja’Keem Yisrael–was a repeat felon. None of his felonies were nearly as violent as the act he committed against Colleen Hufford (murdered) and Traci Johnson (critically injured). (Ms. Johnson might have been beheaded also, were it not for Mark Vaughn, who ended this particular jihad by shooting Nolen three times. This is Oklahoma we’re talking about, after all)

It’s interesting to speculate as to the spiritual path on which Nolen traveled. He was a felon, but only a small-time one. Drug felonies, mostly, and the worst thing he did before the murder was to seriously injure an OK sate trooper while resisting arrest. That, in itself, is bad enough. But the beheading is a giant leap into criminality…or, rather, a giant descent.

Roger L. Simon asks whether our prisons have become jihad factories. It is a rhetorical question, to be sure. Muslims have been actively proselytizing and gaining prison converts for decades. I’m guessing that the most famous one was Malcolm X, who converted in the late 1950s. Nolen reportedly converted to Islam a few years back during one of his stays in prison.

The Apostle Paul said that each individual is always heading in a singular direction–either to Heaven or to Hell–and that every step that each of us takes is one step toward the final destination. I submit that Nolen took one huge step toward his when he converted to Islam–an ideology which exhorts its believers to, first, invite infidels to convert, then give them a choice between converting and being beheaded.

The murder is merely a beacon as to where Nolen’s final rest might be.

I say “might” because Nolen is still breathing. Some might say, unfortunately, but because he is still breathing, their is a chance that he can make a 180-degree spiritual turn. (Just to be clear, this is not a commentary on any earthly penalties which he will likely pay.)

Along this train of thought, I began to think about Christians who minister to prisoners. I don’t know whether Christian prison ministries have a higher or lower “success rate” than do their Islamic counterparts, but I don’t think it matters. What I do think matters: that we Christians pray for and support those who go into the earthly dens of iniquity and tell the captives of sin how to get free.

And we should also pray for the captives themselves; that they will hear and heed the voice of God the Father. And that they will do so before their Enemy–and ours–leads them to a fate worse than death.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012.

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