“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – Sun Tzu
The reason the west is so collectively incapable of fighting its enemies is because it doesn’t understand the spiritual nature of the fight. It refuses to look at this war through a spiritual lens or even a Judeo-Christian lens. As a result, it largely knows neither itself nor the enemy.
For example, in the video below a Palestinian woman is thrilled at the death of her son because he was killed fighting jihad.
Westerners simply can’t understand why. They reject the notion but they’re also confused by it. That’s a huge problem.
The first question to be answered when psychoanalyzing the individual below is why? Why would a woman be so elated by her son’s death? The answer – though uncomfortable – is rather simple. In addition to the prospects of financial reward and prestige, she and others like her believe that family members of martyrs are saved by the blood of said martyr.
She believes that the blood of her son affords her salvation.
That is fundamentally selfish on the mother’s part and fundamentally arrogant on the martyr’s part.
In Christianity, Jesus did that for everyone who believes in Him. Moreover, Jesus’ mother wept over Him and endured his Passion with Him, even though it pained her more than anyone else on earth to watch.
If Christians in the west would approach the current conflicts in the world by understanding these fundamental precepts, not only would they be able to know the enemy – as Sun Tzu says – but they would be able to confront it and defeat it by actually preaching the Gospel!