About 20 minutes ago – 9:00am Mountain time – I saw a quick report on HLN as I was flipping through the channels. A Christian janitor at a girl’s school in (Pakistan?) gave his life to protect the Muslim girls inside from a suicide bomber. The bomber had approached the front door of the school and the janitor blocked him and tried to force him outside … the bomber then detonated his device, killing the Christian Janitor and two Muslim students – but several others were spared.
I was overcome with emotion as I watched this short story. This man had given his life to protect children who were of a faith not his own. This man had protected the children of people who may at one time or another wanted him and others of his faith dead. This man displayed a true godly quality – for it is written in the New Testament:
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
(John 15: 13)
and though this verse was specifically talking about Christ, the principle is true for all.
The suicide bomber, on the other hand, while probably under the evil fallacy that murdering little girls of his own faith was the “right thing to do” violated some moral laws.
"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
(Matt. 18: 6)
“Thou shalt not kill”
If more men exhibited the love and Christianity of this man, the war would eventually be won. Who can stand up against the truth? We saw the negative impact in the damage those wicked and troubled men and women at Abu Ghraib caused – the reporting of those offensive acts was powerful propaganda for the enemy. If these good acts were published, couldn’t they be just as powerful, though for a good outcome?
I (assume) the man who died was not part of the military, and he may not even have supported the war. I don’t mean to use his death to promote the war(s) … but his death, as a true representation of pure Christianity, is a significant point worthy of mention, and is relevant to the violence going on in the world. Many of the “radical Islamists” (or whatever the accepted term is) have adopted a historical bitterness against Christians because of the “the crusades” that took place during the dark ages and great apostasy. Many Christians also mistakenly believe this is a war against Muslims.
To stop war, we need understanding, compassion, and love. To stop devilish aggression against Americans and other western nations, we need to be incorruptible examples of Christianity – emulating Christ’s teachings and life through our own actions – not merely our words. If we want to be preserved as a nation, and truly have God on our side (as politicians are fond of implying), we must clean up our own lives and be truly progressive – eliminate the shackles of sin, hatred, and addiction that stop our eternal progression. We must cease to allow faith to be extricated from our communities. We must stand up for godly principles, and stand firm in our conviction, not seeking contention or stimulus for our own pride.
If you are not Christian, I apologize for any offense I may have given you. Ignore the title and look at the actual qualities, and perhaps that offense will be relieved.
I hope that this story isn’t being suppressed by the major media because it is favorable toward religion. I hope the large outlets have the sense to push this to the front page, because it is an excellent illustration of the true moral aspects of this war, contrasting loving devotion to the teachings of Christ to the terrible irony of a suicide bomber seeking to murder children of his own faith. It is a contrast of love and hatred, and one of sense and senselessness.