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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Christians Need to Defend Themselves

Conservative Islam is currently engaged in its last great jihad against the West. While our attention, lately, has been focused on the rapid territorial gains made by ISIS, it is well to remember that Boko Haram is doing in Africa what ISIS has done in Iraq and Syria; and the Taliban will soon be free to retake Afghanistan and move on to Pakistan and, perhaps, start picking away at the westernmost provinces of China. 

In Africa, Christians are being warned to fight back brutally against Boko Haram. From the WND article:
Christians under attack by Muslims terrorists in Nigeria are being warned to defend themselves, because the government won’t do it. 
“Fight them,” said Rachel Ehrenfeld, director of the American Center for Democracy and the Economic Warfare Institute. 
“Unless the non-Muslims in Africa fight the jihadists, they’ll become refugees, enslaved or killed,” she said. 
Her comments came just as Christians in the northern Nigeria town of Gwoza were attacked by the jihadist group Boko Haram, killing 100 people and burning several buildings. 
Ehrenfeld said Christians “have to be able to fend for themselves, because they can’t rely on the government.” 
A former military intelligence officer who served with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, Paul Hair, agrees. 
Hair told WND Nigerian Christians might have to adopt the tactics of Christians and other non-Muslims in the Central African Republic. 
“They might have to fight back brutally with whatever weapons they have. They’re going to need a high desire to achieve complete victory,” he said.
Some Nigerians have already learned this lesson--as this recent story from the Daily Mail reports, video taken earlier this year shows Nigerian soldiers slitting the throats of captured Boko Haram. I won't condemn the soldiers--they are fighting a cancer, and something that serious doesn't call for half measures. However, I disagree with Hair's choice of words. The word is not "brutally" but "resolutely." Think Sherman's march through the South, or the D-Day invasions. Warfare is brutal of necessity, but brutality should not be a goal in and of itself.

The WND article cited above prompted some thoughts from The Captain's Journal, which discusses why Christians are on the verge of extinction throughout the Middle-East. He writes:
A good summary statement of where the Christians are at the moment might be this: they waited too late to think about self defense.  They waited too late not because of the mistaken notion that the jihadists would have mercy on them, but because there is a basic sickness in the worldwide church.  This sickness, which is the root cause of the problem, is anti-intellectualism and bad hermeneutics. 
Christians justifiably hold high regard for what the Scriptures teach.  But failing proper interpretation and application, unlearned Christians are at the mercy of teachers and pastors who have been brainwashed at liberal seminaries in the art of form, source and redaction criticism, and deconstruction.  Many seminary professors no more believe what the Bible teaches than my dog believes in Newtonian physics. 
The Bible gets (intentionally) conflated with social action and a thousand other things, and one consequence of this, just to bring this around to the main subject, is that Christians the world over are in large part pacifists.  ...
But despite bad hermeneutics, there is no unmitigated promise from God to protect His people without regard to their foolishness, if they will only trust Him for their provisions.  In order to prove this notion false all one must do is find a single example where Christians were killed en masse.  Such an example isn’t hard to find, ...
I am afraid there have been too many centuries of bad teaching endured by the church, but it makes sense to keep trying.  As I’ve explained before, the simplest and most compelling case for self defense lies in the decalogue.  Thou shall not murder means thou shall protect life.
Read the whole thing.

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