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CLARITY – 1-6-20 Maybe It’s Time We Apologized


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-4-20

Maybe It’s Time We Apologized

What’s Happening: “Police in Metz, France (in the eastern part of the country) shot and wounded in the thigh yesterday a man who shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ (‘God is greatest’) while attacking them with a knife. Metz was the site of another knife attack two days ago in which one died and two were wounded (the attacker was shot dead). Paris, France has been the choice of many terrorist killings in recent years – 130 have died there in the deadliest attacks since World War II ( French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, ‘I praise the quick thinking of the @PoliceNat57 (Moselle police force), which intervened to apprehend the individual. A probe is underway to determine the precise motivation and circumstances behind the act,’ That should be a short investigation. It seems obvious that Islamic terrorism is the motivation.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How come we don’t get these attacks in New York?”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe it’s that we have a stricter immigration policy…or maybe it’s the NYPD…or that we are farther from Mecca…or a combination of the three… I don’t know. Of course, my issue is a bit different. I have no argument with the statement that”: ‘God is greatest,’ But which God? Sure, the terrorist shouted: ‘Allahu akbar’, which means he thinks Allah is God. Muhammed Ali (the famous boxer who shouted: ‘I am the greatest’ – himself a Muslim) and I would beg to differ (of course, maybe he was just saying that he has the greatest boxer).”

“The Scripture says that we can tell a tree by its fruit (Matt. 12:33). Islamic terrorism has killed many in the name of Allah. Islamic jihadists would then be quick to point out the Crusades and say we’ve also killed many…and they are right. Wrongheaded zeal is at least partly to blame for the rampage that occurred a millennium ago. Besides, conversions at the point of a sword are, at best, less sincere. Maybe it’s time we Christians apologized.”

“Christians? We believe Jehovah is God (Joshua 22:34; Psalm 118:27; I Kings 8:60, 18:21) and Jesus is His Son (Mk. 1:1, John 20:31, etc. – there are literally dozens of references), and that belief in Him is what makes you a Christian (Acts 16:31). But we don’t believe that anyone should be coerced into belief. You should choose Jesus (and, by so doing, choose Jehovah), but your choice should be free (Josh. 24:15 and John 8:32 and John 14:6). There is salvation in no other Name (Acts 4:12)”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to get so wrapped up in our desire for demonstrating allegiance to You that we lose sight of Your overriding message of love; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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