The mainstream media plays the double-fold game of looking around cluelessly when the almost-daily now (in the West that is, they average four per day worldwide) Islamic terrorist attack happens and fiercely pointing fingers and accusing the once every few years terrorists who don’t happen to be Muslims of being “Christians” or in the very least, “far-right wing”.
It’s funny. Childish and ironically funny.
Childish doesn’t need explaining but apparently ironic does, so allow me to.
There has never been a terrorist who acted in obedience to Christ.
In fact, the only way a “Christian” (which means “little Christ” and specifcially refers to someone who hears and obeys the words of Jesus) can become a terrorist is if they explicitly stop following Jesus.
Frankly, they would have to stop following Jesus for a little while before they would work their way up to murdering innocent people.
A quick lustful glance at that massive billboard of girl wearing almost nothing? Sure, what Christian man doesn’t have to resist that lustful double-take!
A casual and dismissive “it’s no problem” lie when in fact it is really inconvenient? Ceratinly, we’re fighting both our cultural conditioning and our flesh on that one!
Taking machine guns and pipe bombs to the end of year work party to gun down your co-workers? Not something I’ve personally struggled with…and when we follow Jesus, it’s pretty hard to find yourself even desiring to kill people let alone purchasing the chemicals and bullets to make it happen!
Don’t get me wrong – I follow Jesus and I am tempted to do many of the things I used to have no problem doing as an atheist (yep, lying, fornication, masturbation, stealing, violence, abusing, cursing, drugs, drunkeness – I loved, embraced, and justified it all once!). These days, I usually make better decisions to keep me away from activities that plant the seeds of these desires and, of course, the grace of God is active in my life, conforming to the image of the son of God, Jesus Messiah.
I am not saying Christians can’t be tempted to act according to the desires of the flesh (ie contrary to what Jesus commands) because I am and I have given in far more than I ought to.
But I know that if I start desiring revenge on someone (and I have), I have stopped pursuing Jesus and I need to get myself right with him.
That’s why I know that if someone is at the point of punching bullets through bodies, it means that following Jesus ended a long time ago. It would be fair to say that if a terrorist ever really was a Christian previously, they have long abandoned true faith in God by time they start murdering people.
The bible is full of both warnings against and examples of people wandering away from genuine faith in God.
Doing what you want to do or feel like doing is actually one of the core tenants of anti-Christian faiths like Naturalism and Wicca, both atheistic religious creeds that exult and serve the self.
Christianity, contrarily, is all about denying the self and serving Christ.
Jesus is very clear about this when he makes this unmistakable statement:
“And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:38-39 ESV
This command is all about self-denial, about not getting what you want, but rather about choosing to obey God even when it means you don’t get what you want.
And Jesus does not order his followers to murder people, plain and simple.
So, there are no “Christian” terrorists.
Here’s another good rundown of the logic:
Christian Terrorists Don’t Exist but Islamic Terrorists Do
“I’m sick of these white male NRA Republicans and their mass shootings beca … um, Sayed Farook? Hey, let’s not vilify an entire group.” — Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief, Ricochet.com
Workplace violence strikes again. “Allahu Akbar!” evidently means, “I quit,” and pipe bombs are the new resignation letter. Southern Baptist redneck Syed Rizwan Farook and his Irish Catholic wife, Tashfeen Malik, are reported to have been inexplicably in touch with ambiguously international, not-at-all-Islam-related terrorists under investigation by the FBI prior to mowing down 35 white-privileged American citizens at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, California.
Investigators feverishly search for a motive.
Multiculturalism was unavailable for comment.
It’s said that not all Muslims are terrorists, but that most terrorists are Muslims. Bleeding heart “religion of peace” Jihad-deniers may explain away the global scourge of Islamic terrorism as “workplace violence,” the “result of climate change” or a “gun control issue” (California has the strictest gun laws in all 50 states, and Paris France has banned guns altogether), but the facts, common sense and our own observations reveal the truth. It’s world-class stupid to insist that, when demon-possessed Muslim terrorists mow down a room full of law-abiding citizens, the “progressive” panacea is to disarm the law-abiding citizens. “Enough is enough,” all right. Sit down, liberals. The adults are talking. We don’t need more gun control, we need more Islam control.
Brigitte Gabriel is a world-renown national security expert. Her concentration is on the – ahem – explosive rise in Islamic terrorism. She notes that there are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. Of them, intelligence agencies estimate that 15-25 percent are orthodox Muslims, meaning they actually follow the teachings of the Quran.
“That leaves 75 percent of [Muslims being] peaceful people,” observes Gabriel. “But when you look at 15-25 percent of the world’s Muslim population, you’re looking at 180 million to 300 million people dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization. That is as big as the United States,” she concludes.
Indeed, with these harrowing numbers in mind it’s no surprise that there have been nearly 27,500 terrorist attacks worldwide committed by faithful Muslims since 9/11.
There have been zero committed by faithful Christians.
Muslims, true Muslims, follow the teachings of their dead “prophet” Muhammad, a warring tyrant who, as even the Islamic Quran concedes, was a murderous misogynist and pedophile. Christians, true Christians, follow the very-much-alive Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man, whose teachings are found in the God-breathed Holy Bible.
Read related article: “‘Christian Atheist’ Denounces ‘Christian Terrorists.”
Muhammad taught, and the Quran stresses, that a central tenet of Islam is to convert, enslave or kill the infidel. An infidel is anyone who is not Muslim or, depending on who’s doing the killing, belongs to a different sect of Islam. Those who fall into that elusive, perpetually mute category tagged “moderate Muslim” are also infidels or “idolaters.” They’re bad Muslims, and, so, according to the Quran, not Muslims at all. “When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them,” commands Surah 9:5. “Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” Faithful Muslims, true followers of Muhammad, “slay the idolaters wherever [they] find them” (see ISIS, Hamas, Syed Farook, et al.).
It’s what Muslims do.
On the other hand, Jesus taught His followers, who are called Christians, to “do to others what you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31); that, “You shall not murder” (Matthew 19:18); and that we are to “love [our] enemies and pray for those who persecute [us]” (Matthew 5:44). It goes without saying that those who do not follow these teachings are not following Christ.
Indeed, while many may claim to be “Christian,” the word only applies to those who are justified in Christ, spiritually reborn and regenerated through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. The true Christian walks in Christ’s steps through faith and obedience.
Terrorism is in direct disobedience to Christ.
It’s in direct obedience to Muhammad.
Whereas “Muslim extremists,” that is, faithful Muslims, kill people extremely, “Christian extremists,” that is, faithful Christians, love people, including their enemies, extremely.
Islam is Christianity’s photo-negative. While Christianity brings eternal life to those choosing to surrender to Jesus, who alone is “the Way, the Truth and the Life,” Islam brings eternal death to those who surrender to Allah, who is “the best of deceivers” (“[A]nd Allah was deceptive, for Allah is the best of deceivers.” [see Surah 3:54]).
Which brings us to last week’s mass shooting near an abortion slaughterhouse in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Even as the secular left was gleefully screaming, “Christian terrorism!” Garrett Swasey, a pro-life, Christian pastor and police officer, was laying down his life for those inside the very Planned Parenthood he abhorred.
It’s what Christians do.
(For the record, this marks the first time in history that any liberal has been concerned for human life at a Planned Parenthood.)
Still, again, and so our liberal, anti-Christian friends fully understand, Officer Garrett Swasey was a pro-life Christian. Robert Dear, the evil, reclusive, deranged pothead who killed him, is not. Dear murdered three innocent people. He is, by definition, not “pro-life.” Neither is he Christian. He is, much like Planned Parenthood, “pro-death.”
Peas in a pod.
To be sure, pro-life Christians like Officer Swasey agree: Murdering babies is wrong. And murdering the murderers who murder babies is also wrong. Shooting innocent people is evil. Just like dismembering baby girls alive and selling their body parts is evil.
No, Robert Dear is no “Christian terrorist.” He may be a terrorist, but he’s not a Christian terrorist. He can’t be. He doesn’t follow Christ. If anything, Robert Dear’s actions are more like those of Planned Parenthood, orthodox Islam, and Syed Farook.
Bloody bosom buddies.
Yes, there have been terrorists who call themselves Christian.
But there has never been a Christian terrorist.