There’s been a lot of hand-wringing over the fact that, contrary to early reports, the perpetrator of the bombing and massacre in Norway is not an Islamist terrorist, but right-winger claiming to defend Christendom against the spread of Islam. That led to this question:
We have to be fair don’t we? If we’re going to paint Muslims with a broad brush based on the actions of a few extremists claiming the faith, should we not be bound by the same standard to do the same with Christians when something like the massacre in Norway happens?
The problem is, I’m a Christian, and I don’t condone terrorism. I’m certain that echoes the sentiments of Muslims around the globe who have had to endure the linkage for their faith with extremist violence for decades. I’m also not comfortable declaring that someone isn’t Christian, as tempting as it is at times. Perhaps we should look at the actions of the perpetrators, of whatever religion, and condemn them while recognizing them as acts of extremists who do not represent the faith they claim.
As for whether he’s a Christian or not, I’ll let God make that call. He’s smarter than I am