2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)- For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
I am outraged with Christians… AGAIN. (sigh)
On Sunday, June 12 2016, our Nation suffered one of the worst terrorist attacks since 9-11, and perhaps the worst massacre in our history.
I am disgusted, angry and tired of seeing so much irrational violence and the political opportunism that it presents to all ideological factions.
But the one thing I am most outraged about is the pervading CHRISTIAN SILENCE that has filled the air with the all-too-common, rancid smell of Western Christian Fear to take a public stance as a Community of Faith and Compassion.
With a few exceptions (such as the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team), most American-Christian Denominations (who are usually quick to put out statements when it is politically beneficial) have remained disgustingly silent.
I wish I could say that I am disappointed. But fact is, that the Western Church has a long history of political silence, even in the face of massacres perpetrated against our own religious brothers and sisters around the world.
According to statistics, a Christian is slaughtered for the Faith every 5 minutes. Of all people upon the face of this planet, it is CHRISTIANS who should be the most empathetic when other human beings (regardless of race, religion, ideology, or sexual orientation) suffer the injustice of persecution and cold, senseless murder simply for espousing an opinion or a way of life that differs from theirs.
When the 21 Coptic Martyrs were slaughtered by ISIS in February of 2015, most American Christian Denominations failed to stand in solidarity as a people who love Lord Jesus Christ. Sure…some said a few prayers and had a moment of forceful silence behind our moldy church walls… but the streets of our cities remained demonstrably apathetic by the onslaught of 21 humble Egyptian Christian fisherman.
WW2-era Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer understood all too well what it meant to take a stance for justice against an overwhelming majority of “Christians” who were all too willing to follow the Nazi party right down to Hell. Bonhoeffer once said:
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Could it be that most American “Christians” are silently happy that 49 homosexuals were slaughtered and 53 were wounded? Isn’t deliberate silence and inactivity (as opposed to being activistic) considered by most to be a form of consent?
Could it be that we’re not showing public outrage and concern because we fear that some might interpret our Christian Love as a sign of consent towards a lifestyle that we believe (and the Bible teaches) to be immoral?
If the world was right for condemning Pope Pius XII for his silence in the face of the Holocaust, would not the secular world be right to condemn today’s “Christians?”
I would be cautious about condemning the dumb, nominal masses… but certainly the Denominational Leaders stand without excuse. They have the power and the pulpit to rally the masses of Christians and to be examples of compassionate action whenever a violent act of injustice has been perpetrated upon our compatriots.
Lord Jesus says in Matthew 7:12 (ESV)
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Perhaps our guilty silence is a sign that we would like for the world to continue to remain generally silent when Christians are persecuted and slaughtered for the Faith.
Perhaps we’re no longer a community of Faith and Compassion.
Perhaps we’re no longer…Christians.
Regardless, I publicly condemn the disgusting act of violence committed against the innocent souls that were present at “The Pulse” nightclub in Orlando, Florida; I pray for their souls and their families.
I also condemn the silent majority of “conservative” Christian leaders that have remained silent during the 2nd greatest act of terrorism ever committed upon American soil. May God have mercy on you on Judgement Day for failing to fulfill your vocation. Perhaps you should learn a little something from Chic-Fil-A.
Hosea 4:9 (KJV)- And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.