On July 22, 2010 terrible acts of terror were perpetrated against the people of Norway. The individual who committed these horrible acts will not be named on this web log. May his name be blotted out, but may we never forget his atrocity.
At this writing, seventy-six people, mostly young people, are dead. Please join me in prayer to God for the repose of their souls.
These murders were evil in the sense that all murders are evil, but they do not rise to the level of unadulterated irrational evil either. I have never considered the 9-11 terrorists to be evil in this sense. They are enemies who must be taken seriously and effectively dealt with (killed).
I respect my enemy enough to want him dead if he refuses to live at peace with me.
The shoe is on the other foot now. Although, really, it's always been. It's difficult to explain when the folks on your side, who generally favor the same cultural program and even the same religion, commit atrocities.
Back in 1995, I was stupid enough to think that the person identified as responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing might have been framed. I was disgusted (and still am) by the sanctimonious and saccharine memorial ceremonies that followed. I did not feel the memory of the slain were best honored in these ways. Plus, it's hard to take seriously any proceeding officiated by Bill "I Feel Your Pain" Clinton.
Regardless, the Oklahoma attack was committed by one of our own. It is pure delusion to think otherwise.
After the 9-11 attacks, which I saw as an attack on all Americans, regardless of ideology or religious commitment, I was much more disposed to participate with my fellow citizens in mourning. I am an American and am loyal to my government and nation.
Persons who happen to be Muslim aren't the only people capable of cruelty and lawlessness. Patriotic Americans and even (choke) Christians are also capable of these things.
Jesus said, "Love your enemies," and "Bless those who persecute you." These commands are obligatory for all Christians, all who name the name of Christ. Yet, they presuppose the possibility that actual enemies exist.
"Peter, put up thy sword."
I agree with the Norwegian terrorist that liberals are enemies of Christian civilization, but Christian civilization was rejected over two centuries ago. Christendom has effectively been quarantined at the Vatican.
Liberals are the genuine heirs of the revolutionaries that fashioned a new civilization ("Western Civilization") out of the materials of the old Christendom, and are now unintentionally destroying it from within through the consistent pursuit of openly avowed principles.
The difference between liberals and radical Muslims is that liberals aren't engaged in open war upon the current Western order, in fact they are its true proponents. They believe that their way will secure lasting justice, peace, and prosperity. In this, they are mistaken.
I am afraid as the situation in Europe deteriorates further, there will be more bloodshed. More lawless men will arise, driven mad by the irrationalites and injustices of the liberal order, who will take matters into their own hands. Their activites will only serve to destabilize authority, law, and order. Who knows what will become of our nations and peoples?
The liberal order is illegitimate, but valid. Every power that exists is dependent upon divine sovereignty as manifested in the rule of Christ the Lord. All governments reign at the will and sufferance of Christ.
Christian brothers, do not give way to wrath. Let us work diligently together within the confines of the established order to secure legitimacy and peace by lawful means alone.
"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law...
"For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself...
"Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."