There has been no shortage of opinions and viewpoints on the horrendous act of violence carried out by the deranged lunatic Robert Dear last week at a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado. Many in the mainstream media have been quick to label him a “Christian Extremist” or a “Right Wing Terrorist”. Still some Leftist Extremists have gone so far as to ridicule Christians for not vilifying his actions, and compare that to “moderate Muslims” not vilifying “Islamic Terrorists”.
The problem with their rhetoric, is that Robert Dear is clearly not a Christian. If he identifies himself as such, by all means, investigate the church he attended every Sunday… but I am sure you will find out he did not attend church every Sunday. Just because someone calls themselves a Christian, doesn’t mean they are one (after all, Robert Dear calls himself a woman on his voter registration, yet he is clearly a man… or does that offend transgendered people?)
Reasons Why Robert Dear is Not a Christian.
Jesus was very clear on the matter. In Mathew 5:21-22 he says “’You have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You shall not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you, anyone who is angry with a brother will answer for it before the court; anyone who calls a brother “Fool” will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and anyone who calls him “Traitor” will answer for it in hell fire.”
In Mathew 5:43-44 Jesus goes on to say “’You have heard how it was said, You will love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you;”
In Mark 10:19 Jesus says “You know the commandments: You shall not kill;”
In Luke 6:27-28 Jesus says “’But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.”
So you see, the act of a preplanned attack with the intent of taking peoples lives is not something a real Christian would do.
*Christianity’s core teaching of non-violence runs contrary to the teachings of Islam. Jesus Christ teaches to never use violence (even to prevent his own execution), Islam teaches that violence is necessary. The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
Another reason why Robert Dear is not a Christian is his attack of Law Enforcement Personnel. Jesus Christ taught submission to secular law. Jesus was executed under secular law. When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus if he was King of the Jews, Jesus responded “Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered”.
With this Jesus showed that in Heaven, he is the law, but on Earth, we must all submit to the law of the land.
*This also runs contrary to Islamic teachings that claim that Sharia Law (a body of moral and religious law derived from religious prophecy, as opposed to human legislation.) overrides secular law, and therefore Muslims are not bound by secular law, only the law of the prophet.
Why it is Nonsense to call Robert Dear a “Christian Extremist”?
If someone is a religious extremist, by definition they must take the teachings of their religion to the extreme. In Islam, taking the teachings of Muhammad to the extreme would mean using violence to force people to submit to the religious laws of Islam, or die. In comparison, someone who takes the teachings of Jesus Christ to the extreme would be someone who is willing to give up his or her possessions to anyone who asks for them, and would be willing to die (but not kill) for their beliefs. A Christian extremist would love his or her attackers and executioners, they would not attack or execute.
To call Robert Dear a “Christian Extremist” is to show very little knowledge of what Christianity is. It is an ignorant statement made by foolish people, and I for one (as a ”moderate” Christian) will pray that God will enlighten them.