Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

This is a sad and terrible world where people are gunned down for making cartoons.

By what code or theology is making a cartoon, bad and killing in cold blood, good?

And now good people who have a peaceful  commitment to their beliefs will be insulted and reviled because the perpetrators shout ‘god is great’.   Evil breeds evil.  Good people will be called bad because bad people killed in cold blood and  call themselves good.  Extremists will highjack any ideology including secular humanism to further their own self-serving agenda.

Christians are also called extremist.  Christianity is also demonized because demons masquerade as Christians.  Bill O’Reilly writes;

The front page headline in the New York Times last Monday was stunning: “AS HORRORS EMERGE, NORWAY CHARGES CHRISTIAN EXTREMIST.”

That would be Anders Behring Brevik, the 32-year-old mass murderer who took at least 76 innocent lives apparently because he doesn’t like Muslims living in Europe.

But why would the Times brand Brevik as a Christian? The killer is not attached to any church, has no history of Christian activity, has openly criticized the Protestant philosophy, and has committed acts counter to all Christian teaching.

Defenders of the headline point to a Norwegian police officer describing Brevik as a Christian and the maniac’s desire to be a member of the “Knights of Templar,” a medieval society that avenged anti-Christian behavior.

Demonizing Christianity, by Staff Thursday, July 28, 2011

Why does this happen?  What end do such means serve?  Again Bill O’Reilly offers insight;

So why are the New York Times and some other liberal media playing the “Christian extremist” card?

Two reasons. First, some on the left want to make an equivalency argument between Muslim terrorism and other kinds of violent acts. The Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh, was often branded “a right wing terrorist” in the media. Terrorism is terrorism, the analysis goes; it’s not fair to constantly emphasize Muslim terrorism without acknowledging the others. Besides, bad men like George W. Bush overhype the Muslim threat and use it to do evil things like invade Iraq.

The second reason is purely political. The left well understands that Christian opposition to things like abortion, gay marriage, and drug legalization makes those liberal causes more difficult to achieve. Thus, anything that diminishes Christianity is fair game to be promoted. Every newsworthy sin committed by a Christian is highlighted with a sneering reference to hypocrisy. Any whiff of Christian intolerance is celebrated in the press.

Anders Brevik did not kill in the name of Jesus. He was not a member of a Christian-based al Qaeda-like group. He was not funded by Iran or enabled by Pakistan. He is simply a murderer, a man devoid of any spiritual conscience. A direct descendent of Cain.

In the aftermath of such terrible atrocities we are left sitting in the dust and ashes.  All sympathy to the families who lost loved ones.

How am I to view and treat my neighbors who are not of my faith or the same heritage as me.  I’m thinking of a long time friend who is Muslim.  The demons of terrorism would have me hate him and be suspicious of him because then their ends are accomplished.  I WILL NOT.  I CANNOT!

Jesus commands me to love my neighbour as myself; “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30,31)

The hard and high calling of a disciple of Jesus Christ is love – love for all!

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?   And if you greet your brethren  only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?   Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48)

A true Christian walking in His Spirit is immune to terrorism by the power of God.  My good friend who happens to be Muslim has nothing to fear from me when I am in Christ Jesus.  I am even commanded to love my enemies – help me Jesus!