Our hearts are again broken with the news of another shooting; lives ended and lives changed. Our nation gasps in horror, and sheds a collective tear. Rising from the horror come voices saying, “Do something. Do something. Do something!” The politicians see an opportunity to advance themselves, so they propose laws they have not thought out, or know won’t work, but at least they can say they are doing something. How hollow are their words and actions, for we know, in the not too distant future, we again will bear another such evil.
Why are we surprised when this happens? We have bathed our lives in movies of senseless violence. We allow our children to spend endless hours playing computer games that kill fictional people. We send our children to schools that teach there is no such thing as truth. Then we plant them in front of a TV that is absent of any moral character. Marriage has become a swamp of fathers and mothers abandoning their families, both physically and mentally, in the search of personal fulfillment and happiness. We have raised our children in the muck and mire of life, and are surprised that what arises out of that primordial ooze are adults who are brutal, ruthless, and uncaring.
Two-thousand years ago Jesus did do something; He inaugurated a new kingdom of peace, love, and joy. You want to do something about the mass killings? Then let it start with you proclaiming the real answer to the problem – Jesus!
Jesus is the answer,
Since the terrible events in France many have attempted to say that all religions have been involved in senseless atrocities, and thus the religion of Islam cannot be counted as guilty for last week’s events.
Is it fair to say that all religions have been involved with atrocities? No! It is not fair to judge any religion by the immoral acts perform under the name of that religion. However, it is fair to look at the theology a religion teaches and judge that religion by its teachings. For instance one can look into history and find atrocities that were said to be done in the name of Christianity. However, I defy anyone to find those atrocities conforming in any way to the teachings of Jesus. I even defy anyone to find me a single unkind or harsh word Jesus ever spoke to a sinner. Search the manifestos of Jesus and judge Christianity by His teachings, and not by the violence done in its name. One must conclude: Not Guilty.
Now hold Islam to the same scrutiny. Study Islam’s theology and then compare it to the atrocities that have been committed in its name. One must conclude: Guilty.
Jesus, what a difference,
We all cringed at the news of an Islamic madman killing a journalist last week. The murder claimed to be killing in the name of Allah. Interesting how what he said compares to what God teaches in the book of Proverbs, “All who hate Me [God] love death” (8:36).
These murders, plural for there have been countless others, point out that the god of Islam offers neither grace nor mercy. Because Allah has neither, the Islamist must kill, spill blood, and plunge the knife. Their barbarity is all to prove they love their god enough. Here is where Islam falls short: Since their god has neither grace nor mercy, then the Islamist can never hope to receiver grace or mercy themselves.
Thomas Aquinas said, “The soul in grace is so seductive that it surpasses the beauty of all created things.” Today in the Middle-East, from Turkey to Morocco and beyond, there is a great amount of turmoil, and it is all because of Islam. Should the Christian be terrorized? No! Should the Christian see opportunity? Yes!
Grace and Mercy,