The caliphate, or a worldwide Islamic kingdom and rule on earth is the ultimate goal of ISIS. This is the reason for its violent extremism that seeks to dominate the world using political and military strength. Already over 1.6 million Syrians (mostly Christians) have been kicked out of their homeland of Syria by ISIS. Recently, ISIS captured Assyrian Christians and tried to convert them to Islam through force (read full article here), reports the Christian Post. My heart cries out to these Christian bros. and sisters of Syria.
Two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria’s Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused.
On Feb. 23, the terrorist group raided approximately 35 different Christian villages in the Hasakah province and abducted somewhere between 263 to 373 men, women and children, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. But about a week after the raids, ISIS released a handful of hostages on March 1.
Since it is ISIS’s goal of forming a worldwide caliphate (Islamic kingdom), shouldn’t we all have something to fear? What’s the solution–use of force in self-defense or evangelism?
The recent uprising of violence on the part of extremist Muslims brings disgrace to Islam. The violence demonstrated by Muslims actually legitimizes the stereotyping of Muslims, the religion of Islam, and the prophet Muhammad as being violent and dangerous. As Christians, we denounce the violence on the part of extremist Muslims.
If the opposite events were to happen (i.e., Muslims denigrating the Christian religion through film, and Christian extremists killing Muslim ambassadors and Muslim people), I think most would equally be quick to denounce the violence. So it’s about time to try to be fair and less biased. Mainstream news media and even the White House has failed to recognize this and are quick to play this blame-game by blaming it on this sub B-rated movie, “Innocence of Muslims”.
Honestly, was the cause of this violence totally the fault of this movie? Highly unlikely. Our propensity toward violence emanates from one’s heart. Let’s begin by looking at the heart of the perpetrators of this violence.
At the center of this whole problem is the difference in our attitudes and understandings of free speech. On the other hand, what is common to people of every religion is the value and understanding of honesty in speech or free-speech. That is, if the prophet Muhammad did actually have a history of being an adulterous philanderer, then shouldn’t the truth be told? And if the same was said of Jesus’ disciples and even by today’s Christian priests and pastors, why should the truth about them be hidden in the dark? Who has the right to hide the truth about our sinful and shameful past? Who has the right to cover up the sins of religious leaders? Who has the moral authority to coverup anyone’s sins?