If you haven’t yet heard, then let me inform you of the utter human tragedy that invaded the land of the Nobel Peace Prize last Friday.
For those of us here in St Vincent let me put this in terms that we can all easily picture. Imagine that on a calm Friday in capital city, Kingstown, a sudden explosion disrupts the tranquil business activities. When the euphoria and smoke settles you can see that the Financial Complex is badly damaged; several people (7 to be exact) are dead, and various body parts are strewn across the streets.
One can suspect that the entire country’s attention, including all the law enforcement man’s power, will be focused on that scene of destruction, disbodiment and death.
Imagine, as well, that at that same time the youth arm of the ruling ULP government is on the island of Bequia awaiting a speech from the Prime Minister whose office has been damaged from the blast.
The youths hear of the bomb blasts on the mainland and are relieved when a police officer comes on the island and so they flocked around him. Suddenly they are told by the officer that they are going to die; he opens random fire on them.
Several of the teenagers take to the ocean to try swim to the mainland; some are killed in the water. Others are shot when they come back ashore. Still others are chased across the tiny uninhabited island and gunned down like they were sitting ducks in a video game.
The police does not get to Bequia until 90 minutes after the gunman first started shooting. The gunman willingly surrenders to police and claims although the killings were atrocious, they were also necessary.
That, in essence, is what the people of Norway are facing and dealing with right now.
The quietly determined gunman has admitted and accepted full personal responsibility for the Friday slaughter. His name is Anders Breivik (pictured). He claims to be a Christian with extremist views on the far right.
The point of this post is to highlight the Christianity claim of Anders. I am first to say that I can understand his feelings of hatred of Muslims and others who have been immigrating to his beloved land; nonetheless, the teachings of Jesus Christ does not tell His followers to actively pursue violence against persons. In fact, we are to love them that hate us and do them acts of kindness.
Christians are to look forward to their real home in eternity because the earth is fallen and is just like the Titanic. It is just a matter of time before she sinks!
Jesus Christ has mansions awaiting His followers in His homeland where God the Father lives.
Yes, there are Muslims who do not accept any criticisms of Mohamed and they are willing to literally kill any and all who oppose them. They do not take “no” for an answer.
However, the Christian’s fight is not against flesh and blood. How many times have not Hollywood or some public figure with some measure of influence not say something condescending of Jesus Christ or of the Christian faith?
Just this morning I am reading a quote from Simon Bolivar that one of the greatest fools in history is Jesus Christ. As mad as such a statement makes me feel, I am not going to go to Venezuela and cause carnage in revenge. Because Jesus Christ is God’s empowered Son, He is more than able to defend His status and so there is no need for any mortal to come to His rescue. As we say, the truth will always come out.
Anders also is expecting that all Europe will be in anarchy and coups in or by the year 2083. He has asked for an open court hearing so that he may fully explain his actions in court tomorrow Monday July 25, 2011.
He has also been motivated by the actions of the unibomber in 1995 of the Oklahoma City. So each act of violence is likely to be used as a study text for a future such attack.
This act also was done by someone without a prior criminal record but who wanted to prove a point and send a message to those he felt were “betraying Europe.”
I wish to extend my sorrow and emotional support to all in Norway at this time. I believe you will use the strength and resilience you have cumulated during the good years in order to help you navigate out of this your historic Black Friday.