First off, I’m sorry I have not been actively posting blogs here lately. My wife and I are in the midst of a home purchase and that has taken much of my time. Suffice to say; once this process is complete, I should be posting around two blogs per week. I also have some exciting changes for the site I’m working on as well.
I hesitated to post this and I wanted to keep it shorter and not rehash everything in my recent blog post, “Jesus the Peace loving Hippie?” So if you think all Christians should be totally non-violent read that blog.
But after much prayer and sorrow, I’ve decided to address the recent beheading of twenty-one Coptic Christians by ISIS (Islamic State) in Libya. Too many people, especially Christians, are naïve to what this barbarism really looks like. This past Sunday my pastor asked us to imagine these atrocities were happening to people we see on a weekly basis. He asked us to think of the faces of our own family and friends as we hear about and read these tragic stories.
The last words of some of those killed were “Ya Rabbi Yasou” (My Lord Jesus Christ).
I think we should take it a step further. We should look at the actual faces of these people that are being slaughtered simply for following Jesus Christ. We should look at their faces as they move their lips and pray right before they are brutally killed. Too many people, when they hear that people were “beheaded”, simply think it’s a clean, quick death with a guillotine or a sword. This thought may make us feel better, but it could not be further from what ISIS is actually doing.
Please keep in mind ISIS titled their video, “A MESSAGE SIGNED WITH BLOOD TO THE NATION OF THE CROSS”
I am posting the actual video at the bottom of this post NOT just to play with emotions or indulge in some morbid curiosity, but because I want everyone to understand reality. The media and many world leaders are not presenting reality. A prime example of this would be President Obama recently comparing Christians in the crusades to ISIS, at the national prayer breakfast. Please note he has no problem saying, “Christian” while constantly refusing to say “Muslim” or “Islamist” even though It’s what they call themselves and it’s in their name (Islamic state). His mantra is to keep saying, “We are not at war with Islam” and in part, that is the case. However, Islam is at war with us! This is a fact he will not articulate, and therefore loses all credibility.
Furthermore, Obama neglects to share that the crusades were started to protect Christians (and others), who were attacked by Muslims, while making a pilgrimage to the Holy land. It was not an invasion force. They were protecting local citizens from terror.
It seems so many people in the media and academia want to boil arguments down to “all religions have some bad apples.” But how many spoiled apples are actually in the bunch? Many recent polls show that only 5-10% of Muslims worldwide support killing and targeting civilians. Please understand that since there are over two billion Muslims worldwide that equates to 100-200 million people. But if you also add in the Muslims that think it is “sometimes” okay to target civilians that percentage jumps to 28% (19% in the United States). Now we’re talking about 560 million people. Almost twice the population of the entire United States.
So while it is true to say that most Muslims wouldn’t commit a suicide bombing, we must confront the fact that many support it. Keep in mind that it is only fear and timidity that holds them back, not moral conviction. What would these poll results be among Christians? It’s safe to say that promoting the “all religions have some bad apples” argument is meaningless, and agenda driven, with these numbers.
ISIS is staying true to their Islamic worldview and there is a great article that goes very deeply into this at the Atlantic Magazine. I highly recommend you take the time to read and understand their whole worldview and agenda. If you really want to understand ISIS and what truly drives them this article is essential.
Before you watch the video I want you to ask yourself the question that Rev Franklin Graham asked on Facebook this past week, “What would the reaction be if twenty-one Muslims were killed by Christians?” You could see the media attention when three Muslim young people were killed by an atheist this past week. I also condemn this by the way, but the double standard is glaring. And it is never emphasized that the murderer was an Atheist – not a Christian.
When these twenty-one men were beheaded the White House’s statement left out the words “Christian” and substituted “citizen”. It also didn’t mention in any way the words “Muslim” or “Islamist” instead using the generic term “Terrorist“.
Watch the video below and never forget. Show your spouse and any children you deem old enough to understand (I would say High School and up would be my personal line). As I showed my wife this past week, I broke down in tears and couldn’t talk for a few minutes.
This is the face of Evil.
Always remember, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke
*WARNING – THE BELOW VIDEO IS GRAPHIC – BUT NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND OUR ENEMY*
PLEASE PRAY FOR CHRISTIANS (AND JEWS) WORLDWIDE!