Saturday, January 1, 2011

Pray for Churches in the Middle East and Africa (and anywhere else Islam is the dominant religion)

Various Churches that claim the name of Christ have been violently attacked for centuries. A reminder of the hatred toward Christianity is before us again as churches in Iraq, Egypt, and Nigeria have faced murderous violence these past few days.

Christians should pray for these churches in these places. Make no mistake, the attacks are against Christ whether the churches are faithfully Christian or not.

I am not sure if official credit has been taken yet, but we all know the attackers, once again, are Muslims doing so in the name of Islam. Surely some Muslims will say such actions are not in line with Islamic teaching, but one is hard pressed to prove such a claim from the consistent approach of Muslims relating to other religions (especially Christianity) from Mohamed to present day. It's never right to threaten people with death if they don't convert or to kill people because they have a different religious belief.

I found the reaction of Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt, to be rationally mystifying but politically predictable. After the attack on the Coptic congregation in his country, Mubarak condemned all violence that involved Christians and Muslims saying-

"This act of terrorism shook the country's conscience, shocked our feelings and hurt the hearts of Muslim and Coptic Egyptians...The blood of their martyrs in the land of Alexandria mixed to tell us all that all Egypt is the target and that blind terrorism does not differentiate between a Copt and a Muslim."

Mubarak calls this act of mass murder "blind terrorism". In reality we know this attack was not blind at all. It seems coordinated with other New Years Eve church attacks in other countries. It further seems pretty clear that it is another act of Islamic terrorism. Have Christians terrorized a mosque (or anyone else) lately and we haven't heard? Is there some other association of people, who are not claiming Islamic reasoning, attacking Christians (or anyone else) in the Middle East right now? It may be blind terrorism in that it doesn't care who it kills, but the particular religious zeal of the attackers couldn't be easier to identify.

Mubarak is right about one thing- terrorism doesn't differentiate between Copt and Muslim, he just didn't mention the common denominator when Copts or Muslims are attacked- Islamic terrorists.

There's really no chance of combatting the most common kind of terrorism we are witnessing in the world today until people admit what we have is an Islamic Terrorism problem- not just multiple cases of disassociated crazies randomly killing people. There's nothing random about what Mohamed did, the Turks did in the Middle Ages, or the Islamic terrorists are doing today. It's all very purposeful, even generally predictable.

The Coptic, Iraqi, and Nigerian Christians were attacked and killed by certain Muslims who hate Christ's Church. Period.


Dallas Painters HQ said...

religion does not promote hate nor violence, it is one of peace and prosperity and it shares that in common with most if not all religions of the world. I am sure that no sane human being would approve of this very unfortunate incident. This was an ignorant bloodshed of innocent "EGYPTIAN" Coptic BROTHERS.I didn't say it means wise, what I said is that it means someone covered the truth up with some lies, so the truth would be buried in a cover of lies!!!Terrorism MUST STOP !

Woody Woodward said...

People will laugh and condemn Christians for standing up for what they believe, they will destroy anything that resembles Christ and His teachings, but don’t dare talk against an Islamist and don’t you dare make a joke about Ala. Where’s the tolerance as far as the Christians are concerned. There is none, nor will there ever be until He returns. No surprise that just before “The Prayer of Jesus” in John 17, our Lord ends chapter 16 with these commanding words.
John 16:33 “ I have said these things to you, that in ME you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Perry said...

It might have been better for you to have waited until you had more of your rehab behind you to say what you'd said, so you can make a faster escape if you have to.