In no way am I disregarding, demeaning, or belittling the death of the nine people murdered in a church in Charleston, S.C. Their lives are not insignificant. And grief, sorrow, anger, and desire for justice are all right and healthy responses. But the response to these murders makes obvious two alarming realities about American Christians.
It’s astounding and disturbing to observe selective displays of public grief and prayer in America. What does it take to be publicly mourned by Christians—to be shot in church?
When and where was Christian “solidarity” displayed over Memorial Day weekend after 56 people were shot in Chicago, of whom 12 died including a 4-year-old girl and three teenagers? Where was the public display of Christian prayer and hand-wringing after 23 people in New York City and 28 in Baltimore were shot, including 9 killed, over the same weekend?
The concern many express is that such public displays of “solidarity” for the 9 killed in a church comes across as Pharisaical no matter how well-intentioned such prayers may be. The Pharisees loved to pray publicly but did little to nothing to recognize their direct responsibility for others’ suffering, most of which was preventable.
For politicians and concerned citizens, the flag that Nikki Haley and every liberal and conservative American should be most concerned about is not red, white, and blue; it’s black. Yet most South Carolinians claim complete ignorance of the reality that Shari’a law freely exists in their state (at least Rep. Chip Limehouse is trying to outlaw it), which causes far greater suffering than the murder of nine people.
Google these three pastors to understand what Shari’a law means for Saeed Abedini in Iran, Umar Mulinde in Uganda, and James McConnell in Northern Ireland. These men are just a few to “pray for,” have moments of silence for, and march in unison for, and then forget about when it’s time to dash off to little league or quote German pastor Dietrich Bonheoffer in Sunday School.
Earth to Nikki Haley and South Carolinians: murder isn’t caused by the Confederate flag or by street signs. But in the name of Allah, the Qur’an requires everyone who rejects Shari’a law to be murdered. Why the silence about a Shari’a compliant town existing in South Carolina?
The foremost problem in America is the willful ignorance and apathy of American Christians who refuse to acknowledge that the blood of millions of Christians—worldwide—is on their hands. Christians willfully ignore the reality that the politicians they vote for and continue to support—including Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and many others (even Common Core supporter Jeb Bush) are “besties” with Qatar Islamists deliberately funding and killing Christians.
Lindsey Graham’s financial connection to Qatar is no secret. Nor is his advocacy to fund and train “moderate rebels” who deliberately behead Christians (as Muhammad did) and kidnap and sell girls under nine years old at sex slave bazaars. It’s public knowledge that the American government orchestrated and has funded Iran’s nuclear weapons program since 1953; yet Christians remain silent about the politicians they endorse who continue to violate Article III of the U.S. Constitution.
Christians continue to endorse politicians who have sent $12 billion to Iran over the last few months, and 75 percent of foreign aid goes to countries that commit genocide against Jews and Christians and violate women’s and girls’ human rights.
There is nothing wrong with prayer. But the sacrilegious publicly pray, wringing their hands, selectively grieving over a few deaths when they claim ignorance about the millions of deaths and incalculable human suffering for which they are directly responsible. Do Christians seriously believe traveling to Washington, D.C. to eat Eggs Benedict at national prayer breakfasts or publicly praying in Charleston, S.C., will free imprisoned American Christians and U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati (whom the Iranian government continues to torture)?
American Christians can idealize and quote Bonhoeffer all they want. But doing so while blaming the wrong flag, claiming ignorance about Islamville, and praying publicly about the murder of nine people only evidences willful hypocrisy.
The Germans of Goth and Ohrduf made the same excuses. And as he did in 1944, General George Patton would undoubtedly publicly vomit today for the same reasons. Christians, more than anyone else, are without excuse for the atrocities they fund, then deny, and then do nothing about.
Patton didn’t just fold his hands and close his eyes to appeal to heaven in the face of violence and blatant injustice. He didn’t focus on the wrong flag or street signs. Patton got up off of his knees, opened his eyes, and fought to liberate the oppressed.
This column was originally published in Townhall.
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