Several days ago, on the campus of Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, a gunman walked into a classroom, opened fire and killed the teacher. Everyone dropped to the ground. As the gunman reloaded his weapon, he ordered the students to stand up if they were Christians. He then killed every professing Christian assassination style. The gunman was later apprehended by the police before he committed suicide. In a matter of minutes from the news breaking, politicians on the political left, including Obama, were quick to politicize the shooting towards their agendas of aggressive gun control. And, as a result, the days that followed were dominated by nothing but the same old debates. But, this sad day in American history had little to do with gun control. The primary story that we should all be talking about is the targeting and assassination of Christians for what they believe.
We know this episode had nothing to do with gun control for three obvious reasons: 1) The already aggressive gun control laws in Oregon failed to prevent this crime, 2) The additional laws that are being proposed in response to this crime would not have prevented this crime, and 3) Criminalizing the possession guns has never prevented criminals. So, since this has little to do with gun control, what can we learn practically from this episode? What we have learned is fairly sad: When a group of Christians are assassinated for their faith in America, the public at large does not care. In fact, all the politicians, media and leftists care about is using these deaths for selfish political gain. Well, is that what these victims and their families would have wanted? Or would they want us to focus on the growing intolerance against Christians manifested by the silence that ensues after they are brutally assassinated?
Where is the discussion about assassinating Christians? Is this not a hate crime? Or, our hate crimes reserved for every other group, just not Christians? Why are we discussing laws that have no connection with the crime, and ignoring actual contributors like intolerance that is growing to violent extremes? Why are we not examining what prior influences the gunman had in his life to produce such bigoted hatred? Why are we not examining the motive in this case to determine the true ills in our society that spawned his thinking? Since we are doing none of the above, are we not concluding that the true motive and the true causes are not worth examining? What does that say about our society? Just weeks ago, a Christian was jailed indefinitely without bail for peaceful and conscientious objection due to person religious conviction. And weeks later, Christians are targeted for assassination in America while America refuses to discuss it. It is as if that aspect of the crime has no bearing in our nation. But, is there any other aspect of the crime that is remotely as worthy of discussion and resolution?
Then again, this is not just happening in America. Where too is the discussion about assassinating Christians worldwide? ISIS is wiping out whole Christian populations and their preferred beheading weapon is not a gun, but a knife. And Oregon represents the second recent assassination of a group of Christians in America to the thunderous sound of crickets. I wonder if that would have been the response had the victims been Muslims, Buddhists or even atheists. Our country is like the frog that is slowly boiling in the pot of real and violent intolerance, all the while we are being blinded into believing that the peaceful Christians are the hostile danger. America, wake up!
It is of first importance that we honor these victims and their families for the heroes that they are. It is on that note that we will close this post. Before we do, be encouraged that this event is a proof that what Christians believe is actually true. There is only one reason why Christians are being killed all over the globe. That is because they proclaim and stand bravely and peacefully for that which the god of this world violently opposes. Even this Oregon gunman’s manifesto recorded this confession, “I’ve been forced to align myself with these demons and become one of them. At first, it was involuntary, but now I am aligned with them. I now serve. When I die I will become one of them…My success in Hell is assured.” The convergence against Christians is rampantly advancing in both the legal realms in nations that are otherwise referred to as free, and in criminal activity as well. Christian, stand firm for your redemption is ever nearer.
In closing, this blog will honor these martyrs. These are true heroes of the Faith in Jesus Christ. In John 15:13, Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” These heroes called Jesus their friend and stood for Him in the face of a gun to meet their death instead of denying the One who died for them. And, for this act, even greater honor awaits each and every one of these heroes. In fact, Revelation 20:4 reads, “Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” Such martyrs as these will be honored in such a manner. Therefore, in keeping with the honor that is due, we hereby remember the names of these martyrs and their families:
Treven Taylor Anspach
Rebecka Ann Carnes
Quinn Glen Cooper
Kim Saltmarsh Dietz
Jason Dale Johnson
Sarena Dawn Moore
Each one of you have inspired us. May we follow your example and keep the faith! Indescribable blessings await your steadfast display of unwavering faith. May we too strive to meet your example.
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