There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.
Arthur Conan Doyle
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
( two images, one ostrich up close and personal and a female mallard both courtesy the web)
“Faith and Christian witness are presently confronted by such great challenges that only by working together will we be able effectively to serve the human family and enable the light of Christ to reach every dark corner of our hearts and of our world. May the journey of reconciliation and peace between our communities continue to draw us closer, so that, prompted by the Holy Spirit, we may bring life to all, and bring it in abundance (cf. Jn 10:10).
I would now like to turn to my native tongue to express feelings of profound sorrow. Today I read about the execution of those twenty-one or twenty-two Coptic Christians. Their only words were: “Jesus, help me!”. They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. You, my brother, in your words referred to what is happening in the land of Jesus. The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ. As we recall these brothers and sisters who died only because they confessed Christ, I ask that we encourage each another to go forward with this ecumenism which is giving us strength, the ecumenism of blood. The martyrs belong to all Christians.”
This is an excerpt, courtesy of Vatican Archives, taken from an address given by Pope Francis earlier this week when meeting with members from the (Reformed) Church of Scotland. The Pope ventured away from the agenda at hand in order to offer his concern, outrage, and prayers regarding the beheading of the 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of ISIS.
Before the World could catch its collective breath, ISIS once again carried out another egregious and malicious act of terror and murder this week by publicly taunting then burning alive 45 men from a western town in Iraq—this while the Obama Administration readied themselves to host a summit discussing “extremism”. . .
The definition of extremism, according to Merriam Webster is: advocacy of extreme measures or views : radicalism
The definition of terrorism, according to Merriam Webster is: the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal
The White House has, as has other Western European leaders, yet to acknowledge what the Pope so painfully stated Monday, that the killing of the 21 Copts was an act of violence against Christians.
The White House is also having a rather difficult time calling the violent acts of barbarism what they are—sadistic, callous cold murder carried out by the whims of Islamic Terrorists. They are Islamic and they are terrorists and they wage a jihad in the quest of a Caliphate in the name of Mohammed and Allah. . .
Yet this is not to say that the “Islamic terrorists” speak for or are representational of the Islamic Faithful. The concern however is that other Muslim Nations and Muslim leaders and Muslims in general have merely tried to ignore and distance themselves from the “extremists”. . .With some quietly agreeing that Western Society is indeed partly, if not fully, to blame for the current crises. Unfortunately however the insidious ooze of hate and radicalism is seeping into corners thought to be once off limits and even impenetrable. It appears as if it is in bad form for Muslims to rile against their Muslim kin as it is better to ignore and hope the ugliness will simply go away. . .
A holy war—an oxymoron if ever there was such a thing. A word phrase of extreme opposites in one spoken breath.
Is there such a thing as a “holy war?”—
Yes—but it is of a Divine nature, as the Heavenly Host wages war against Satan and all that is evil and full of darkness. It is what transpired as Jesus descended into Hell, only to rise victorious 3 days later. Yet Satan continues to walk this earth and still works to wield his madness as we remain in the crosshairs, as the earth remains under his dominion—the battle wages, yet the war has been won. . .
And yet it sadly becomes ingrained in the twisted minds of modern man that he can carry out such a “holy war”
The White House urges calm, reminding us not to jump to conclusions or God forbid we insult anyone.
We find ourselves drowning in a sea of political correctness as people are having their heads cut off and are burned alive in cages. We preen and strut in our technological 21st century modernism and pinnacle of civility all the while as thousands of people are tortured and murdered by means of medieval madness–all in the name of a radical religion, hate or simply both. . .the question remains seemingly unanswered.
Why do I feel it is just me who finds this all so terribly troubling? Especially the comment made by ISIS following the beheading of the Coptic Christians that they, ISIS, would now carry their “war” all the way to Rome.
We can choose, like many Muslims, to ignore the current actions of a group of marauding thugs, as it is, who are “over there”. . . We can sit around a large table and talk about if we just create jobs then we could nip this extremism in the bud.
We can choose to ignore the fact that the very Judeo / Christian foundation that has been the basis of our existence for centuries is truly threatened—that there are those who wish to see it destroyed.
It would be one thing if this was what various leaders, early on, considered to be just a rag tag group of thugs rattling sabers. . .Rather what we are witnessing has startlingly emerged to be a large and spreading cohesive, and well orchestrated, growing group of “radicals” hoping to achieve their Caliphate or that which is actually known as a governing body with direct descending political and religions powers from Mohammed himself. The ideas such as creating jobs for disenfranchised youth around the globe and maintaining overt politically correct terminology in hopes that no one will take offense to our growing alarm or concern will sadly not do one single thing to stop this growing threat to our very way of life.
Two things—may we be mindful that if it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck–therefore we may conclude that it is indeed a duck. . .
Also. . . may we never be caught with our heads buried in the sand. . .
love your photos, especially the ostrich!! 🙂
I know right?! 🙂 wish I had taken the shot—they are crazy creatures that I’ve only seen at the zoo—when I was a little girl, I was at some petting zoo in Atlanta—I was standing at the corral that held the ostriches–wanting to pet the bird’s head, of course, I raised my hand when suddenly the bird clomped my on the head with a massive “peck”—-needless to say, to this day, I respect the bird 🙂
This post is right on target. This is honest, realistic reporting of what is literally happening before our eyes. I can’t get my mind off of the line of 21 Christian souls who were about to be killed; I can’t stop the horrible visions of the 45 burning human beings. And this is only a small report of the tragedies that are going on continually. My heart breaks, and I pray the world will not stand for it!
Yeppers, these are troubling times indeed, and I’m heartbroken over all the barbaric acts being carried out on innocent people. These terrorists hide behind their turbined masks and haven’t even got the courage to face the “enemy.” They are cowards preying on the people who have never done them harm and our president’s silence and unwillingness to do much about it is condoning their vile acts. It’s just mind-boggling that this is what life has come to today. Where are all the honorable men, ones like those who have served us before and who were not afraid to act in times of crisis? Okay, before I really get cranked up and this turns into a seriously long rant, I’ll close by congratulating you on this post that is as Phyllis said “right on target.” Hugs, N 🙂 ❤
oh wise Cookie you are! and judge judy also always says “if it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck–therefore we may conclude that it is indeed a duck. . .” and I love it!
and I do trust that God has it all covered –
Julie! You raise a very interesting point, among others: representation. We are told not to accept that ISIS represent Islam, even though they act in Islam’s name and follow the Quran quite literally. Their desire to bring about Armageddon is, admittedly, not typically Muslim as far as I know.
But I think we can accept the 21 Coptic Martyrs as representing all Christians, in that they died for the sake of Christ, and calling on Christ. They are models of the discipleship Christ explicitly calls us to. They are in an invisible communion with all who follow Christ.
Moreover, ISIS represent a grave threat to the Church, while the martyrs represent an opportunity for Church renewal and purification. May the martyrs pray for us.
Father, I had also written a post a few days prior to this post regarding a rather embarrassing moment of sleeping caught during the President’s State of the Union Address and the irony of the ISIS murders of the Copts, proving that our enemy does not sleep at the helm— that you may equally find of interest—https://cookiecrumbstoliveby.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/asleep-at-the-helm/
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