We Should Be Ashamed
21 men who claimed Christ getting their heads sawed off by men who personify evil.
I can’t watch such things…I don’t have the emotional or spiritual filters to withstand them and function.
I’m not sure I have the proper filters to withstand some of the responses to this barbarity either.
Fox News and conservatives were outraged at the Presidents response…he didn’t call the victims “Christians”.
Some Christians were upset because other Christians called the victims Christians.
God have mercy on our wicked souls.
J.D. Hall and James White quickly wrote articles to inform us that these Coptics did not have a proper understanding of the nature of Christ in their confessions, thus they may or may not have been in Christ.
Now, their followers are repeating this information as if it were a public service to do so.
I am ashamed to say that most of these folks are Calvinists.
Doctrine and confessions are important…vital to the health of the church.
I believe that.
What I believe even more than that is that my relationship with Christ and yours is mysterious and deeply personal and it is beyond all of our creedal and doctrinal definitions.
I believe that if in the last seconds of my life with a knife to my throat I call on the name of Jesus (as these men did) that He will hear and answer.
“Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”
(Romans 14:4 ESV)
These man stood taller on their knees waiting to die than most of us ever will stand in life.
They did so because the One whose name they called upon made them able.
We were only able to politicize their deaths and criticize their faith.