Having just received a picture of Coptic Christian children slain by Islamic terrorists in the Middle East, I feel it long past time for the church in America to gather its vocal power. We are a people saved by God's Word! Therefore we are called by the love of Christ Jesus sacrificed and Risen, to voice our power as voting American citizens to halt this horrible and sadistic religious travesty.
Now there have been voices that say we should not show these stark pictures in the public square. I disagree. We Christians and all people of peace should see them. We should study each murdered child's face. We should examine the unspeakable anquish on the mother's face that reveals a depth of pain that cannot be caught by human lens.
But let's not restrict our examination or comments to social media such as Facebook or Twitter! Let us also collectively and immediately call, email and write our governmental representatives, Senators and even our President. Tell them in the name of our loving God, who is alone holy, that we protest the lack of solid US response to this evil. While we decry our own sinfulness, we are called by Christ and so shout righteous outrage from the platform and pulpits of the Christian church.
Our US president has tried to deflect the rising wail of those beheaded and burned to death by blaming social ills of poverty and ignorance as root, rather than risking focusing attention on the modern aberration of a violent religious mindset. His motivations for this erroneous position are hidden, and widely disputed. I fear that history will not judge him lightly.
Irregardless of his leadership or lack of it, I give to you that same lament as a recent voice in history. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said to those seeing the rise of murderous Nazi powers during WWII that... if a person remains silent when evil rages and does nothing to stop it... that one is part of the evil!
Let us pray for guidance then... and not shrink from railing against the Satanic! For those who wish to read more of our Christian right and responsibility to do such activities, please read the previous article I wrote on the topic of war. We need statements from our denominational leaders, from individual pastors, and from those that hear the Word of Law and Gospel proclaimed while seated in the pews...
I beg you to act on this issue quickly with great fear and trembling. Prayerfully offer your service before God. Please send this message to any and all Christians that you know who yet live in right scriptural mind.
Blessings... Pastor Tom