Friday, July 22, 2011

Is Anywhere Immune From Terrorism?

Many of us have been shocked at today's news of (what seems to be) a terror attack on Oslo, the capital of neighboring Norway. For this reason I thought it appropriate to postpone the next installment of my series on Jude until two weeks from today.

Living in Scandinavia can make you feel far removed from the world of Islamic terrorism. Scandinavians tend to be a passive bunch who go to great lengths not to make enemies which adds to the shock of today's revelations. According to BBC world news:

Norway has been hit by twin attacks - a massive bomb blast in the capital and a shooting attack on young people at a governing Labour Party youth camp. At least seven people were killed in the bombing, which inflicted huge damage on government buildings in Oslo city centre. Four more died at the camp, on an island outside Oslo, local media said. One witness later said he had seen more than 20 bodies on the island, but police have not confirmed this. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, whose Oslo offices were among those damaged by the bomb, described the situation as "very serious". Norwegian media reports said the shootings on the island were carried out by a man in police uniform. Police said the suspected gunman had been arrested, and later said he was also linked with the bomb attack, reports said. No group has said it carried out the attacks.

The feeling of safety and security this side of eternity can be a dangerous thing. It can quench our conscience from pondering the conviction we may otherwise feel over the conflict between our inner morality and our outward actions. The people of Norway and Scandinavia now know that terrorism is a very real possibility in their lives and the relative safety felt here may well have become a thing of the past. But while terror attacks become more probable, the judgment and wrath of God remain absolute certainties for all found wanting in the scales of God's justice - scales that demand perfection. May God open our eyes to this urgency and reality!

Fear can be a good thing, particularly if it involves fearing the God Who made us and owns us and knows us and will judge us. And there is only one embassy we can run to where we can find "diplomatic immunity" from the wrath to come. His Name is the Lord Jesus Christ - God incarnate who paid the debt we can never pay to give the gift that we can never earn. Jesus Christ bore the wrath of God on the cross in the place of all sinners who ultimately find their refuge in Him. May we pray for the victims and their families in Norway right now, and more than that, pray for their eyes to be opened to their need for eternal security. Terrorism is a very real possibility, but our day in God's court is an absolute certainty. May we be found in the embassy of Jesus Christ on that day.

There were some present at that very time who told him [Jesus] about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he [Jesus] answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:1-5)


Douglas said...

"Living in Scandinavia can make you feel far removed from the world of Islamic terrorism."

Islamic terrorism? Don't think so Cobber. How about Police begin questioning of Christian fundamentalist

I think the only thing “fundamental” about that fellow and his actions was the horrible, sinful, godless display of his total depravity, of his radical corruption. What he has done was not Christian in any size, shape or form. It is not the Way of the LORD Jesus Christ. He has done more harm to the cause of Christ than any Islamic terrorist could do. God help him. What hell awaits him if he does not come to repentance?

One wonders what good could ever come out of this evil tragedy? The true Gospel proclaimed instead?

Cameron Buettel said...

Douglas, it would seem that this is a rare exception to the many Islamic terror attacks over the last decade. The title of the article is amazing. When Muslims are involved in European violence the media bends over backwards not to mention that common thread. But with this sicko character they head up the article "Police begin questioning Christian Fundamentalist". Perhaps a case of upside down political correctness. All very sad, that man is clearly not a Christian, and he has wreaked an evil crime, and tragically affected the lives of many families.

This again highlights the importance of preaching the Gospel rightly as it is the only hope for all people of avoiding etnal suffering. It also highlights the need for churches to differentiate between true and false conversion and practice church discipline . . . For the sake of Christ's great Name, the innocent Lamb of God Who willingly handed Himself over to evil murderers for the sake of His people.

Anonymous said...

I read this article in the Herald Sun here in Melbourne and found it interesting that the journalist felt it necessary to include the term 'Christian fundamentalist'.

Makes me sick.

Cameron Buettel said...

Douglas this article on World Net Daily may interest you:

"WASHINGTON – A review of Anders Behring Breivik's 1,500-page manifesto shows the media's quick characterization of the Norwegian terrorist as a "Christian" may be as incorrect as it was to call Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh one.

Breivik was arrested over the weekend, charged with a pair of brutal attacks in and near Oslo, Norway, including a bombing in the capital city that killed 7 and a shooting spree at a youth political retreat on the island of Utoya that killed more than 80 victims.

Piecing together Breivik's various posts on the Internet, many media reports have characterized the terrorist – who says he was upset over the multiculturalist policies stemming from Norway's Labour Party – as a "right-wing, Christian fundamentalist."

Yet, while McVeigh rejected God altogether, Breivik writes in his manifesto that he is not religious, has doubts about God's existence, does not pray, but does assert the primacy of Europe's "Christian culture" as well as his own pagan Nordic culture.

Breivik instead hails Charles Darwin, whose evolutionary theories stand in contrast to the claims of the Bible, and affirms: "As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings. Europe has always been the cradle of science, and it must always continue to be that way. Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I'm not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. However, I am a supporter of a monocultural Christian Europe."

Go here to read the rest of the article:

Douglas said...

G'day you fellas, here's a great repsonse from John W. Hendryx, one of the most brilliant Christian thinkers out there today, God bless him:

Was Norway Terrorist Anders Behring Breivik a Christian?

I'm not sayin you blokes don't have much valuable insight into this evil mess, you do and thanks.