Recently I wrote about the eleventh anniversary of the attacks of September 11. Since then, Muslims across the Middle East, Northern Africa and even in Indonesia have attacked American interests all supposedly because of some YouTube clip for a movie that has yet to be released. In Libya, our Ambassador and three staffers were murdered in what Administration officials have finally admitted was a terrorist attack. That admission was certainly a little too long in coming in my view.
With all of the so-called protests and attacks against American embassies, why isn’t there more outrage from Americans? Why isn’t anyone pointing out how Christians do not riot in the streets when Jesus Christ is insulted? Why is it there so little being said about the freedom of speech Western nations in general and Americans specifically enjoy? Why does our government seem more interested in apologizing for the free exercise of those rights rather than defending something so core to who we are as a people? Political correctness, quite frankly, has run amuck!
Now, I am not a person who would seek to intentionally anger or even offend anyone. While Christianity certainly makes claims of exclusivity that some may find offensive that does not mean we as Christians need offend anyone on purpose. I believe in making a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope in our hearts though it is very important to remember we are commanded to do so with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).
Well, in this age of political correctness, I am offended! I am offended that our government is less concerned about the values America holds dear and seems to place beneath what other nations think of us. I am offended that apologizing about a YouTube video takes center stage instead of forcefully defending the right of free speech people in the West hold dear. I am offended that the people of so many other countries think nothing of attacking American embassies and murdering American diplomats who assisted them when they fought for their own freedom from oppression.
Regardless of whether the United States is a Christian nation or not, those who have committed acts of violence against our embassies and people view us as infidels. If you are interested in how much of the Muslim world views the West, simply visit the Quran for yourself. Surah 2, verses 120; 191; Surah 3, verse 28; 131; Surah 4, verse 101; Surah 5, verse 51; Surah 9, verse 30 among others just might open your eyes. Perhaps this is important to you and perhaps not.
You can listen to the talking heads in the media and the press releases from our government or you can read the writings Islam holds sacred and observe the widespread actions across the world and make your own decision about how you are viewed. If you think this sort of discussion is only important to Christians, think again. If you are not Muslim, you are an infidel, just like Ambassador Stevens and his staff. I’m offended and think you should be too!
Christopher is a recent graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary of Liberty University where he earned the Master of Religious Education. He also holds MBA Finance and BS Management degrees. A former resident of Powder Springs, Christopher and his family now reside in Woodstock. Having enthusiastically embraced social media in 2007, he blogs regularly at www.chris-sanchez.com and is very active on both Facebook and Twitter.