17 November 2015

Recent events in Paris and Beirut - some thoughts from me

It's been a while since I've posted, I know, please forgive me.

So I've been thinking on recent events in Paris and Beirut and I feel some calm perspective needs to be brought. Notice how I include Beirut, anyone who thinks it's only the west and non-Muslims being attacked is sorely mistaken.

I believe our primary thought right now should be based upon Matthew 5:43-48, we should remember that Jesus very clearly tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Christianity is  based on love first and foremost.

From this basis, I started thinking on the words "your enemies" and "those who persecute you". Lately I've been seeing some disturbing posts on social media shouting that Muslims and Islam are "the enemy" and are the ones persecuting us. As far as I'm concerned, this is not true.

About 15 minutes of browsing have turned up some videos by Muslims that I think put the lie to the claim that Muslims are "the enemy".

Video 1, by Waleed Aly of The Project, talks about ISIL (a.k.a ISIS) being weak and having the strategy of dividing the world into two "camps".

Video 2, by Gibran Malik, talks to Muslim leaders and to Muslims in general and points out how terrorists are wrong and do not represent what Islam is.

There are many more sources that show the same kind of thing, it just takes a bit of searching around social media.

So now my question to myself, and to you my dear beloved reader, is this. Is it right, and in line with the foundation of our Faith, to call Islam or Muslims "the enemy"? To that my answer is a resounding no, the enemy is not Islam or the Muslims living down the street or at work. The enemy is the evil one, the enemy of all that is good, who has corrupted people to the point where they commit despicable acts and claim they are acting the name of good.