One June 11th an ISIS terrorist killed 39 people in the Pulse Night Club on Orlando, FL. The Pulse is a gay bar, frequented and filled mostly with homosexuals. The terrorist in one of his 911 calls during the attack claimed to be the arm of God’s (Allah’s) judgment. In the days that followed, a few self-proclaimed Christian “theologians” with what I call a “trailer park theology” agreed, saying that this was and is God’s judgment against homosexuals. The problem I have with that is, there is no theology to support it.
While the “god” of Islam might be a fearful, arrogant, cold, capricious, murdering and intentionally intimidating god, who authorizes “Jihad” against all non-Muslims forty times in the Quran, the God of the Bible is a god of love not hate, creation and salvation who’s done everything he can to save people lives, not wanton killing, murder, death and destruction. While God loves all people and justice and does and will judge people’s eternity based on what they believe and do in this Earthly life, heterosexual or homosexual, the God of the Bible doesn’t have hit men or gangsters to carry out his judgment on Earth. He takes care of that himself in the spirit realm.
You have to go back over 3,000 years to the book of Joshua and isolated incidents in the Old Testament, for the last time God used human agents as executioners of his judgment. And while Deuteronomy 32:35 and Romans 12:19 says, “Vengeance is mine says the Lord” in the New Testament there is not even a hint of authorization for killing anyone in the name of God. In fact Romans 12:19 also includes “do not take revenge for yourself but leave room for God’s vengeance.” In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” which admittedly is very hard to do most times. Christian theologian Augustine in the fourth century came up with a solution to the problem of not being able to go to war (Jihad) in the name of God with his “Just War Doctrine” that says you declare a defensive war in the name of government not God. We are still guided by that principal to this day in America.
So who are these ISIS terrorists if not an extension of god’s judgment? In the words of Jesus they are embodiments of Satan, the enemy of humanity who has come to kill, steal and destroy people’s lives. Jesus said, “The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy, but I have come to give life more abundantly” John 10:10. And what are the “trailer park theologians”? Would be wanna bees that never were because they don’t know the God of the Bible.
Hell might have hitlers, haters and hit men. But Heaven has helpers, healers and a savior whose name is Jesus Christ. And Christians are ambassadors of reconciliation to God through faith in Jesus Christ not the revenge of God. So know your God and do your job as a Christian. Love the unlovely and leave the judgment solely up to God because God doesn’t have hit men.