Friday, February 03, 2006

The Difference Between Us and Them

Michelle Malkin has been tracking the story of Muslim outrage over the publishing of cartoons depciting the Prophet Mohammed. Apparently it is taboo to not only print cartoons of Mohammed in an unflattering manner, but to actually print cartoons of Mohammed at all. Malkin also cited an art display in New York which depicted Osama Bin Laden as Christ in which she had this to say:

The difference between Us and Them: No one's proclaiming an International Day of Anger and issuing fatwahs over this odious piece of "art." No one's taking up arms, raiding the art museum, or kidnapping the artist. No one's going to blow himself up in protest.

And it is not like the first time we have seen this behavior from Muslims. When Newsweek ran the erroneous story that U.S. Solders at Gitmo were flushing copies of the Koran down the toilet, it resulted in widespread rioting in Afghanistan. The point is that for Christians, we may get offended by stuff like this, we may get angry, and we might even protest it in some way, but we do not go around exacting physical judgement on people for insulting our faith. Why? Because Christians operate with a worldview of eternal life of which this is life is just a passing moment. We also operate on the point of view that God is sovereign and in control of all things. I would not go as far as to say "Vengance is mine says the Lord" but for the most part we leave the ajudication of such sins in the hands of God. God is big enough to deal with people who blaspheme His Name without any help from me and my fellow believers. If Muslims think it is necessary to rise up in violence against those who would ridicule their religion what does that ultimately say about Allah and his alleged dominion of the world. God made it clear that judgement will come and each person will be held accountable for their actions with the righteous in Christ entering into Glory and the sinners into damnation. If you want to insult me and my God, go ahead. I will pray for you that you might receive salvation before the day of judgement comes. Otherwise it is not my responsiblity, outside of a passionate defense of the Gospel for the purpose of evangelisim, to render death sentences on other people for the things they do wrong.

As for the spinnster's line that Islam is the "religion of peace" I offer these lines from the Bible to illustrate what being a "religion of peace" really means:

"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse" Romans 12:14

"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:44-45

"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you" Matthew 5:38-43

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