Court Evangelical Robert Jeffress: “Why don’t we ever hear terrorists shout ‘this is for Jesus Christ'”

I am not excusing what happened in London this weekend. It was a tragedy.  I pray for the families of the victims, law enforcement, and our global leaders as they seek wisdom for how to deal with the threat of ISIS and other forms of Islamic terrorism.

But please Robert Jeffress, learn some history before you start spouting off on Twitter.

Just a quick scan of the “Christian terrorism” Wikipedia page reveals:

  • 1605: In the Gunpowder Plot Guy Fawkes and English Catholics try to assassinate James I and blog up Parliament.
  • 1860s and 1870s: Ku Klux Klan claimed to perform their acts of terrorism against African Americans in the name of white Protestant Christianity.
  • 1920s:  KKK again
  • 1971: A Catholic extremist group called Ilaga killed 70-100 Muslims worshiping in a Mosque
  • Since 1993, 11 people have been killed in attacks on abortion clinics in the United States.

And this is just a very small sampling.

None of these acts represent the true spirit of Christianity, which is a religion of peace and love for one’s enemies. But let’s not claim that terrorists have never acted in the name of Jesus.

I will agree with one thing in Jeffress’s tweet.  We need to pray.

One thought on “Court Evangelical Robert Jeffress: “Why don’t we ever hear terrorists shout ‘this is for Jesus Christ'”

  1. It needs to be appreciated that western Christian societies don’t need to rely on terrorist groups (non- or sub-state actors who mainly attack soft, non-military targets because they don’t have the capability to wage conventional war). Western Christian societies use, instead, their militaries to project force and threaten or deliver violence as a way of accomplishing their goals. These efforts are supported with prayer, on site and from the home-front, and declared to be just and approved of God.

    Here’s President Harry Truman, for example, announcing the successful development and use of the atomic bomb against Japan in 1945, and expressing his hopes regarding its future use: “We thank God that it has come to us, instead of to our enemies, and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes.”

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