I've just read a disturbing post from soulfultroubadourdotcom. It deals with the case of two boys who were badly beaten for wanting to leave the church. So badly beaten, in fact, that one of them died. I think most people would consider this a dreadful crime. Unfortunately, the people whod did this must have felt they were fully justified.
is what's scary. These people thought, and I suppose continue to think,
they were fully justified in what they did. This did not happen in
Syria, or Iraq, or Libya or any of those countries that we think of as
being barbaric, but in the USA. These people were not extremist Muslims,
but Fundamental Christians.
By what right they think they have to
call themselves Christian I really do not know. Nothing they did is
what I understand to be following the teachings of Christ. These
extremist 'Christians' are just as bad as the extremist 'Muslims', and
yet we in the west seem to ignore them.
OK, they don't go round
bombing people (yet), thinking you can force people into believing as
you do, but are they really much better? Beating young men because they
don't like the message you are preaching is just as bad in my eyes.
is dangerous, whether it's religious or political, whether Muslim of
Christian, Right or Left. People ignore these folk because they call
themselves Christian, and that is the religion of the west. Of us, even
if we are non-believers.
So we tar all Muslims with the same
brush. They are all wicked people who chop of the heads of non-Muslims,
but we ignore those Christians who think to force people to their
religion by other acts of brutality.
Jesus said (Matthew 7:5) How
can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’
while there is still a beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take
the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove
the speck from your brother’s eye.
I have written a poem about hypocrisy. I'll post it later next month, possibly.
If you would like more details, go to https://soulfultroubadourdotcom.wordpress.com/2016/10/