“Norway Charges Christian Extremist.” New York Times headline.
Is Breivik a Christian, albeit an “extremist” one? There’s an easy answer. Bill O’Reilly has made a lot of money telling cranky old people what they want to hear. But he hits the mark dead on in this editorial.
But why would the [New York] Times brand Breivik a Christian? He is not attached to any church, has no history of Christian activity, has openly criticized the Protestant philosophy and has admitted to committing acts counter to all Christian teaching.
Breivik did not kill in the name of Jesus. He was not a member of a Christian-based al-Qaida-like [sic] group. It seems he is simply a murderer, a man devoid of any spiritual conscience, a direct descendant of Cain.
Yet, somehow, Breivik is now a member of a peace-loving, compassionate group. He’s a Christian. Who knew?
I believe Americanized Muslims have made the same argument about Muslim extremists. However, it’s verifiable that violent Islamists are closer to the catechism of the Koran than violent Christians are to the Bible’s teaching. It’s sad that there are people in the world who will use the horrific attacks in Norway as evidence that Christianity and Islam are peas in a violent, ignorant pod. It is up to us, we who have been saved by the sacrificial love of Christ, to show the world that there is no place in Christ’s kingdom for the violence of men like Anders Behring Breivik.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Sons of God.