The Islamic State burned a man alive in a cage, then at the National Day of Prayer, President Obama told American Christians to get off their high horses. Said Obama, “People committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
Muhammadans murdered people at a kosher deli in Paris. In response, President Obama called it random violence.
The Islamic State kidnapped 21 Christians, took them in another country, and beheaded them along the Mediterranean Sea. In the same video, they also threatened to spill the blood of every single Christian in the world.
What should our response be? Should we get off our high horse, and not judge? Are all Americans and Christians just a bunch of hypocrites because of the Spanish Inquisition?
Thanks for the history lesson, but no thanks, Mr. President. Christians, especially, know that we are not perfect. Our own sin and the universality of sin is an integral part of our theology. But we strive against our sin, we strive to do better, and we strive against evil in this world.
However, how can we strive against evil until after we have identified what is evil? And how can we defeat evil if we do not know what is causing it? What is motivating the terrorists? What is causing this world wide convulsion of evil? Obama seems to think this is just unmotivated random violence, in other words, it is just violence for its own sake. He says, Islam is not the motivation.
But the terrorists disagree. They say they are justified by the teaching of Islam. And they are often very specific about just what teachings of Islam justify their behavior. Should they be believed? I do not know, but the fact is that their arguments are convincing Muhammadans around the world.
Therefore, we need to have a real discussion about Islam. These boilerplate bromides from our leaders about how all religions are peaceful is not a debate or even a discussion. Such bromides are just stupid. The Aztecs sacrificed hundreds-of-thousands of people to their gods by cutting out their still beating hearts, and then rolling the bloody human bodies down their pyramids. Is that a religion of peace? By the way, that religious violence no longer takes place because Christians got on their literal high horses, and put an end to it.
How about the worship of Kali? Was or is that a religion of peace? (The Guardian).
These terrorists are trying to start a world war, and every day their movement gets bigger and more violent. Why is this happening?
Obama’s blind spot is that he does not understand what motivates the terrorists. But if he wants to effectively lead against this evil, he first needs to know what is causing it. What are we striving against? What is the threat we are facing? Is it world war and global jihad? Or is it just some unmotivated random violence?