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6.06.2006    |    "The Elephant in the Room"
Andrew McCarthy has a necessary piece today at NRO: "The Elephant in the Room". Here's my response to him:

Many on the Left love to throw around the trite phrase, "talking truth to power." You've actually done it in your piece today.

The truth is that Islam is a religion, not of peace, but of conflict. A religion of the sword, which it's been since its very founding.

The Times and other left-leaning mass media have what I call the "guilty white liberal syndrome." Wherein those of us in the affluent and free West must make amends for all wrongs ever done to our little brothers and sisters in the developing world. All wrongs. Ever. And no amount of apology is sufficient.

One of the favorite tactics of those who would apologize for Islam and its violence is to raise, yet again, the bloody shirt of the Crusades. And note, correctly, that Christians have violence in their history as well.

But there's a very important difference. Those who profess Christ as Lord and commit murder in His name have violated some very explicit direction He gave us when He was with us in the flesh. Christians who murder in God's name are simply not Christian.

The difference, as you allude to, is that Muslims who murder in the name of Allah and Allah's prophet Mohammed are simply following instructions.

Violence is in Islam's very DNA. In contrast, peace is in Christianity's DNA. Doesn't mean we're always, or even usually, successful. Just means that we have to keep on trying. In sharp contrast with Islam, where they don't even seem to be trying to change.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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