Saturday, February 25, 2006

head in the sand?

“Christian mobs, seeking revenge for the killings of Christians in the north, attacked Muslims with machetes, set fire to them, destroyed their houses and torched mosques in two days of violence in Onitsha, where 93 people died.”

For the rest of this article, click here.

This is what happens when a group of people feel oppressed by another group. This is a perfect example. And, while someone will inevitably point out that this happens a lot more in the Muslim world than it does in the Christian world, I will point out that there are a LOT more Muslims being oppressed by “Christians” (or a world that Muslims perceive as being Christian) than Christians who are being oppressed by Muslims.

Read the articles about the riots taking place over the cartoons that depicted Muhammad. All of them will mention one common belief, that Muslims are tired of being walked on and spit on by the Christian world. And, while it’s true that all of Europe and America isn’t Christian (though Muslims don’t understand this at all) it’s equally as true that we, the church, have not made that clear. We have not separated ourselves from the politics and policies of the governments who take part in this oppression by training and equipping dictators and rebel politicians who move in and take over these Muslim countries, or by paying off crooked politicians to allow us to suck dry the resources of these countries, or by giving our blessing to billion dollar companies who go in and take over the one hope for income that many of these countries have.

As you read the above article, ask yourself this: Are you happy to be lumped in with this group of Christians who are killing and burning Muslims in Nigeria? If not, what are you going to do to separate yourself from them? Then, after you’ve answered that one, ask yourself what you’re going to do to separate yourself from the very un-Christian policies that are being lived out by governments that represent you and, for much of the world, carry the banner of “Christian” over their flag?

Comments on "head in the sand?"


Blogger Bret said ... (3:13 AM) : 

I read the article. . . it’s very sad. One thing the author did not do was define “Christian.”

You’ve posed some tough questions. If I’m going to separate myself from those who are killing I would need to forgive, show compassion and kindness to Muslims (perhaps that easier said from where I sit. I would not want to walk in their shoes). I could let Muslims, that I meet, know that those who take revenge and kill in the name of Christ are not following the Christ I know; that my heart aches for them and their people. I could tell them about the Jesus I know.

I’ll need to think about what I’m going to do to separate myself from the very un-Christian policies that are being lived out by governments that represent us. That’s a tough one.




Blogger Cari said ... (7:49 PM) : 

The people who kill in the name of Christ are serving the same power that Muslims who kill in the name of Allah are serving-neither one being God. And isn't satan having a great time with that one? To seperate ourselves we have to act like Christ and quit acting like the world, quit trying to blend in. We will only be known by our love. It's hard to know what to do or how to act. Obedience is our first responsibility, and presenting ourselves a living sacrifice is our acceptable worship. "Christian" is a word used to label our whole country--as decendants of Abe and Isaac. Muslim is applied to decendants of Abe and Ishmael, even though, on both sides, that's not always the case.


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