My son Daniel did a combat tour of Fallujah in 2007, but his other deployment with the Marine Corps was a MEU to the Gulf of Aden and Persian Gulf (which both he and I think is a horrible way to throw away money if we're never going to use the Marine Corps for anything on these MEUs except for humanitarian missions - but that's another topic). As the pre-deployment workup for this MEU, the Battalion underwent extensive training in evidence collection protocol and procedures. At the time I [read more]
NAIROBI, Kenya — As attacks on Christians mount in Kenya’s coastal region, some evangelical pastors in Mombasa area no longer may be willing to turn the other cheek.
Worried about attacks against their churches and congregations, some pastors are asking for rifles to protect themselves from suspected Islamic extremists.
The violence intensified on Oct. 20 and 21, when two evangelical church pastors were killed inside their churches. Pastor Charles Mathole, 41, was killed Oct. 20 as he prayed inside his Vikwatani Redeemed Gospel Church. The following day, East African Pentecostal Church pastor Ibrahim Kithaka was found dead in Kilifi, about 35 miles north of Mombasa.
Christian leaders blame the attacks on increased radicalization of Muslim youth. The attacks have occurred amid protests by Muslims that they were being targeted in Nairobi’s war against terrorism.
“Our many churches are not under any protection. They do not have walls or gates. The government should issue AK-47 rifles to every church so that we can stop them from being burnt, our property from being looted and our pastors and Christians from being killed,” said Lambert Mbela, a pastor at Mathole’s church, during his funeral.
Good for them. A rifle is a better personal defense weapon than a handgun except where the barrel length is an impediment to CQB (although I would certainly choose to have access to both).
We are seeing more of that muscular Christianity where Christians defend themselves, the justification of which is something we’ve discussed here and here. And notice that these pastors aren’t attempting to make some sort of in-vogue or posh political statement. Hand wringing over what the elitists think of you is a boring, first world white people problem. These men are fighting for their very lives and to protect their flock.
Does the American Christian church care anything about churches across the sea and on the other side of the world? Does American Christianity care that the Syrian Christians are being slaughtered? My answer is no. When is the last time you heard a sermon on imprecatory prayers against the evil-doers and radical Islamists? When is the last time you saw a loud mouth American pastor of a mega-church take a road trip to Syria to visit fellow Christians?
We’re too busy navel gazing to do much of anything except be anemic and worthless. How about this. In order to show your affection for your brothers and sisters in Kenya, instead of having your next Presbytery or General Assembly meeting where you can glad-hand your admirers and have your worthless committee meetings and be elected to this post and that one, cancel the meetings and arrange to carry weapons to your Kenyan brethren. Otherwise, shut up about “Christian love.” If we’re going to be running guns to the Christians in Kenya, sign me up to go with you. I’ll put my money where my mouth is. We need to carry a bunch of them in order to counter the guns Obama is running to the Islamists.