Our brothers and sisters are being slaughtered in Iraq and the Middle East. Innocent men, women and children are being killed in the most heinous ways possible simply because they profess to be Christian.
We see the gruesome images. We read about the grizzly reports. The facts are there and they are not disputable.
We also know that this is being committed by Islamists. They have started a jihad. They’ve been telling us this for decades, but the media, the political class, and even the Ecclesiastical establishment in the Church engage in the most foolish self-deception into believing this is not a religious war.
As the saying goes, you might not be interested in Jihad, but Jihad is interested in you.
We keep hearing about calls for more dialogue from men who have very soft hands and even softer heads. The politicians and religion brokers at the USCCB get to keep their heads even though they are buried in the sand, but the Iraqi Christians are not so fortunate. Do these men really think they can sit around the table with representatives of ISIS and come to some kind mutual understanding? Seriously?
It’s so ridiculous that the reaction of the West in insisting that this is not about religion is more suited to an episode of Monty Python than it is about the real world. And we all know why we don’t want this to be about religion, because then we have to talk about religion and get into the messy business of whose religion is true and whose religion is false.
We have to make nasty declarations like “Muhammad was a false prophet and Islam is a Christian heresy”. In order to engage in a religious war, you have to talk religion and get into the uncomfortable business of religious claims.
But we in the West don’t want to expose the error of Islam because that would destroy the relativism which forms the basis of our claims that “all religions are the same”. It would also shake our comfortable agnosticism, atheism, and Christianty-lite.
So, we won’t go there and evil will continue to advance because of it. Agnosticism has no defense against those who profess to have the truth…even though they don’t have it. A poker player who bluffs will always be able to beat the player who never calls him on it.
You see, folks, the Islamists – for all their barbarity – believe in something that they are willing to die for. We, in the West, no longer believe in anything worth dying for. Have you ever wondered, for instance, why the leftists and socialists are always opposing any war, but are the biggest supporters of abortion? It’s because they hate sacrifice.
Islam is offering plenty of sacrifice for their cause. And we are offering none…except the blood of our martyrs.
The martyrs of Iraq are a rebuke to us in the West. By their blood, they are witnessing to us that there is a truth, and His name is Jesus Christ. They won’t renounce Him, even if it costs them their lives in the most painful manner.
How dare we water down their witness by participating in the pretense that all religions are equal, and making their sacrifices virtually worthless. They died because they would not renounce the name of the Lord. Are we so pathetic that we won’t come to their aid in their time of need?
Here’s a message for Obama, Harper, and all of the leaders of the Western nations: our allegiance to our countries is not absolute. It is conditional on you holding up basic ideals which were formed by our Christian heritage. One of them is to defend the weak and uphold our right to worship and even exist as Christians. If you bail on these basic principles, the modern democratic state as we all know it will collapse…because we won’t die defending something that is a rotten empty shell, but we will die to defend our Christian brothers and sisters and follow those who call us to it.
We don’t want war. We respect and love all humanity. We value the dignity of every human person.
But if it’s the Jihad they want, it’s a new Crusade and Lepanto that they’re going to get, and Islam will be suppressed – so that, when it’s all said and done, its crazies are kept on a short leash reserved for the dogs.