Responding to the events in Norway last week, a fellow Baptist writes:
Breivik viewed Christianity as a means to control, manipulate and ultimately kill. Some observed that his views of religion are similar to those of Timothy McVeigh, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Religion, yet again, is on display as that which injures, not fosters; as that which incites pain, not healing.
Conservative Christians should not be lumped in with Breivik any more than all Muslims should be lumped in with Islamist extremists. Unfortunately many conservatives have been ready to “lump” all Muslims together, and not stand up for their Abrahamic siblings. For conservatives this has become a matter of politics, not humanity. Conservatives fail to see their own double standard, and in so doing miss an opportunity to be the love of Christ.
You can find the rest of Zachary Bailes’ commentary at the Associated Baptist Press.