Somewhere along the lines the Western church has remade God into a touchy, feely, hippiefied wimp lacking backbone or moral principles. They skip over the “uncomfortable” lessons of the Old Testament where God’s judgement was swift and terrible. The imprecatory Psalms where the Israelites, including David “a man after God’s own heart,” prayed for the devastation of their enemies are rationalized away. They skip over the fact that Jesus drove the defilers from the temple with a whip. He referred to the Pharisees and Sadducees as “Snakes! A brood of vipers.”
Make no mistake, we are “sinners in the hands of an angry God.” Not an annoyed God, not a God who just lost His temper but a God who is righteous and just and angered by humans who choose to ignore His law and His sacrifice. Anger is not wrong when it is directed at injustice and evil. It is not wrong to be angry when our fellow humans are trapped in slavery, tortured, raped and murdered and His anger and righteous wrath for such things will be terrible…and rightfully so.
As I said, we are all sinners. We all fall short. If we accept His gift of grace and turn away from our sins they can be forgiven; that forgiveness was paid for by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. If we do not accept, if we turn away, we will pay for and suffer the full measure for our sins. Islamic Terrorists, by definition, have not accepted Jesus’ gift of salvation. They have not accepted His grace. They, by definition, follow a false prophet and are condemned to Hell for doing so. They, obviously, would disagree and they believe I am condemned for not following their prophet. When they make that statement it is accepted, when Christians make the statement I made we are scorned by as small minded bigots.
I do not make war on Muslims to convert them nor do I persecute them because they believe differently than I do. They, however, do make war on my brothers and sisters in Christ that happen to live within their reach and persecute them.
So, should Christians “turn the other cheek” when it comes to terrorism?
I know what I believe to be true and I think it is pretty clear.