Kamikaze- a spirit of divine wind….

kamikaze (Japanese:神風), usually translated as “divine wind” (kami is the word for “God”, “Spirit”, or “Divinity”; and kaze for “wind”).

Kamikaze pilots would attempt to intentionally crash their aircraft — often laden with explosives, bombs, torpedoes and full fuel tanks — into Allied ships. The aircraft’s normal role was, essentially, converted to that of a manned missile in a desperate attempt to reap the benefits of greatly increased accuracy and payload over that of a normal bomb. (Source: Wikipedia-Kamikaze) 

I have always been somewhat perplexed at the tactics of the Japanese military in WWII and their use of the sacrificial pilots that would crash they explosive laden aircraft into the enemies ships. The sacrifice of ones own life in an attempt to kill and destroy the enemy.

It is not the justification of the cause that has pressed such deep consideration in my mind, but such commitment to a cause, that has often left me to wonder… what will a man be willing to lay down his life for?

We see an uncanny similarity in the acts of what is labeled  ‘the suicide bomber’ (suicide was later supplanted with homicide as it became more accurately descriptive of such an act…) of our day. An individual becomes part of a lethal attack, a walking time bomb if you please, that not only takes the life of innocent people, but  the very life of the individual that has taken on this spirit of ‘divine wind’; a modern day kamikaze of sorts.

We see this this same savour in the radical Muslim movement ‘The Brotherhood’ that has been operational for years throughout Europe and Asia, and its spirit of ‘divine wind’ is starting to blow across North America.

The Muslim Brotherhood in the United States ‘A Brief History.

The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna in
response to the then-recent collapse of the Muslim Caliphate. Al-Banna called for establishment of a world Islamic state governed by Koranic law, ruled by a single caliph.

The Brotherhood’s Creed 

“God is our objective; the Koran is our constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.”

When I ran across the creed of the Brotherhood, I encountered that same perplexing reasoning as those likened to the actions of the kamikaze… “and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.”

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16: 24-26

One must admit that this type of thought process and reasoning does not find receptive palates in the church in America, yet Christ demanded this element of commitment if one considers following Him

For my Christian brothers and sisters anywhere other than in America they must rationalize this type of commitment every day and decide whether they will unabashedly serve and follow their Lord. For you see this ‘divine wind’ is a blowing and oft times it beats vehemently upon the house. But for the man that builds his house upon the rock, shall find the foundations steadfast and sure.

The kamikaze, radical Muslim and the follower of Christ all die for a cause, the paramount distinction, is the God with which the Christian has rested his/her commitment.

My faith has found a resting place not in device or creed. I trust the ever living One, His wounds for me shall plead. I need no other argument, I need no other plea. It is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me.

malachi

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2 Comments

  1. Greetings. We must arrive at a place where we love not our lives in this world and are completely committed to the Lord Jesus who redeemed us. To many it seems hard, but there’s no greater liberty than being in Christ and seeking only to serve him. I love the book of Philippians where we read of Pauls steadfastness. He was a man “betwixt” desiring to be with Christ, but also desiring to care for the churches. His perspective was always on the eternal. Thanks for a post that should encourage every saint to lay aside whatever is hindering them and be about the things which truly matter.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.

    timbob

  2. Thanks timbob for spending the time to read and the comments. Yes my friend, I am so afraid that we will not have a full understanding of this ‘complete commitment’ that you speak of until we find ourselves in the midst of persecution for our faith in Him.

    I liken it to the nation Israel, Deut.8. The prosperity and blessing of the nation wrought a forgetful heart in the people of God. Sad but true. It was loving discipline that brought them back to a place of obedience and commitment.

    Peace
    malachi


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