If you are of a conservative political view in our country, you are often accused of being intolerant, insensitive and just inappropriate for mixed company. If you are an evangelical Christian on top of that, well, you have just raised the ante a bit along with the associated uproar. But that shouldn’t stop us from saying and doing what we believe to be the right thing. It shouldn’t stop us from acting, to the best of our abilities (which are usually outstripped by our intent), as we believe our Lord and Savior would in those same circumstances.
Some Christians may struggle with the right response to what we see going on in Iraq, as the IS (or ISIS or ISIL or whatever acronym is in vogue today) persecutes, tortures and murders men, women and children that are in their path who do not believe with the same insane religious fervor the things they believe in. These murderers act like rabid dogs, yet some wonder if the response need be sorrow, grief and prayer on our part for those who are in harm’s way; while those unfortunates just need to show the love of Christ to their enemies while butchered.
I can think of some rather short and graphic responses to that line of reasoning, but the language would be less than proper. Rabid dogs need to be put down, quick and permanently.
I don’t know why anyone need act like a doormat as they face their assassins. Remember, not all in the path of the IS are Christian; there is also the Yazidi people group facing the wrath, there are Kurdish forces fighting to hold them back, there are probably coreligionists who just aren’t up to the exacting standards of their version of retributive justice in the name of Allah. There does not seem to be a JV within the IS. All these people need hear of the love of Christ and need accept Him as the only way to their salvation before we could even expect them to begin attempting to act like Him.
Jesus asked us to turn the other cheek, that is true; but I believe that is in the context of a personal attack against yourself. Slander, physical abuse, even persecution against one’s own person in the name of the Gospel endured with a measure of Christ-like patience and perseverance is the cheek-turning called for. Wholesale genocide is not an option on the table. Turning our backs of those who need our help, our brothers and sisters in Christ, members of our heavenly family, is not a course of inaction to embrace, promote or encourage our leaders to follow.
Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17
These passages are a clear call to defending those who are helpless for themselves. Acts 6:1 describes the anger felt by those who believe the local church was not taking care of the widows and orphans properly. And the church responded and took care of the issue. They had it all sorted out by Acts 6:7. Took them 6 verses to respond, just 6. So why are we still milling around about what is going on in Iraq without speaking out more, urging our leaders to make a more forceful response, with both humanitarian aid and military supplies to those fighting the battle? What is happening in Iraq is probably going on elsewhere in the world as well, it just isn’t on the mainstream media radar screen now. We need seek out those situations, exposing them to the harsh light of public criticism and to a call to action as well.
Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he can eat for life. Hand him an AR-15 and some ammo clips, and he can kill those trying to rape and murder his wife, mother, sister and daughter. I have no problem sending supplies to those fighting the IS to enable them to fight harder, longer and more effectively. Freeing the helpless from the hand of the wicked is honorable and in my opinion, biblical as well. Defending the weak and oppressed is a call to answer.
We should give provision and protection to widows and orphans. Why would anyone think we should not try to prevent their being made so in the first place? Why isn’t prevention at the outset better than protection and provision after the fact?