Monday, September 18, 2006

Why Did the Pope Apologize?

or...Muslims Can Be Their Own Worst Enemies, Part II

A brief addendum to the previous post..written after the events of the weekend. The pope apologized for his rather controversial remarks..misunderstood remarks, I might add. However, there is a glaring point that begs to be made. I wish more would make it. Loudly.

Not only was there massive rioting and violence by Muslims around the world, but a nun was killed in Somalia in connection with this issue. KILLED! A nun! All because of some WORDS spoken.

Rather illustrates the point of what the long dead emperor quoted by the pope was saying, doesn't it?

Again, if Muslims resent their religion being called evil and violent, there is only one way to give the lie to that notion. It's really simple. Really. Here it is.

Stop being violent.

If Christians can endure the vilest insults with equanimity, so can you. Let's see this "religion of peace" in action.


Palm boy said...


crownring said...

Hi Sola,

I am of the opinion that most Muslims haven't a clue......literally. They are sheep being led by evil shepherds whom deceive and manipulate them at will. Even most educated Muslims say that don't understand the Koran and depend on the Hadiths and their imans to tell them what's right and what's wrong. They are a people in chains, Sola, and there is only one person whom can break those chains........Our Lord and Savior Jesus. To use words coined in the Nuclear age, things are quickly approaching critical mass. Islam is creating a new holocaust and the devil is having quite a heyday with the religion he founded with the help of a greedy and illiterate warlord. As you've said, Sola, we've read the back of the book and know how things are going to end.........and the days that vex the souls of men surely are upon us.

SolaMeanie said...

True enough, crownring.

I think most of us as Christians struggle with the need to be witnesses for Christ among the Islamic world, and yet balance that with the need/right of a nation-state to protect itself and its people. Obviously, nation-states and governments are made up of people and a Christian must act in a biblical manner if said Christian is in government.

I don't find it incompatable with Scripture for a government (not a theocracy) to protect its citizens with force if need be. Hence, when I call for tough action against these thugs, I am not thinking in terms of evangelism that I might do as an individual, but rather as a country responds to a military/violent threat by an outside force (or by an inside force i.e. terror cell).

We live in very difficult days.

crownring said...

dlrnkhjuSola, you and I are approaching this frome different angles. So you know, I have no difficulty at all with your premise about the state having the responsibility to protect its citizens. I agree that is necessary, particularly in such perilous times. But as physical non-combatants and Christians, we have a vital role to play as well, as spiritual warriors. God is definitely not on the enemy's side, but neither is he on our side. It is up to us to align ourselves with HIS side.

Joshua 5:13-14 (New International Version)

The Fall of Jericho
13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand.

Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"
14 "Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come."

Zechariah 4:5-7 (NIV)

5 He answered, "Do you not know what these are?"
"No, my lord," I replied.

6 So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Yes, Sola by all means let the state deal with the physical realities of dealing with our enemies. That's the job of the secular state. But we have spiritual weapons and work to do on the spiritual side of this war. Body and spirit must both do their parts or we are going to lose this war! We need to pray for our enemies as well as our soldiers. We need to pray for a rebirth, revival, and renewal in our own country that I hope and pray doesn't have to be sparked by another terrible tragedy like 9/11. The work of the Holy Spirit in one heart can change the entire world, as it did with Saul of Tarsus. If God can change Saul from an enemy to a saint, God can change our enemies into brothers and sisters in Christ.

Rob said...

God being on your side is not guarantee that bad things won't happen. Job is a great example of this.

I think we need to find out where God is working and join Him, not the other way around.