Apparently yesterday or this week, President Obama compared the ISIS antics to the church's antics in the Crusades. Taking advantage of America's lack of education, the Pres wants his followers to believe that Islam and Christianity are the same and that we are both violent and peaceful.
Here is the truth behind the statement. W. Robert Godfrey says it best: "The Bible can be a dangerous book if misused and abused. In the history
of the church, the misunderstanding of the Bible has led to many serious
problems, ranging from false doctrine to legalistic customs and
misdirected lives. One of the most blatant examples of this is the
Crusades: a series of wars led by Europeans in the name of Christ
against Islamic states in the Near East during the Middle Ages."
First of all, the Muslims did take over Jerusalem and moved on towards Constantinople and other fine symbols of Christianity at the time. They used violence, killed people, and usurped their land.
The Roman Empire had fallen apart and the only thing really holding people together was the Pope. He became greater in political power and wanted to defend his folks against the Muslims, quite possibly even take back Jerusalem and Constantinople.
Using the conquest of Canaan as support, and depending on the lack of Biblical education at the time, people began to believe that God wanted the Christians to take up arms and defend her folks with a full-scale war.
Never mind passages such as Ephesians 6 that declare that our battle is not against "flesh and blood but... against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." They had not learned that Israel was a concrete picture of the greater war with Satan and sin that Christ won with the cross. With Christ here, and the temple gone, there is no more need for God's people to use force to conquer the kingdom.
Pope Urban II in 1095 began campaigning to stop the Muslims. He offered spiritual rewards, full forgiveness of sins, and escape from Purgatory if men would do their spiritual duty to fight the infidels.
There is no mention that Christ already has completely forgiven sins for his people and there is no need to do anything to earn the forgiveness they already have. There is no mention that Christ took a complete punishment for his people's sins so that they don't have to receive more punishment for sins committed later, negating the need for Purgatory. There was no reminder that Christ told Peter to put away his sword when he cut of a servant's ear as Jesus was being arrested.
And as a result, men fought against the Muslims to regain Jerusalem. And this war took them to Constantinople. And they brought along men less concerned about God and more concerned about gold and glory. Sometimes they fought the Eastern Orthodoxers. Sometimes they raped and pillaged. It is one of Christianity's most embarrassing mistakes, and no doubt the Muslims did learn many tactics from these Crusades that carry over into their Jihads today.
So yes, professing Christians, whether sincere or not, have committed horrifying atrocities in Christ's name from the Crusades to the KKK.
But we must also remember the greater horror done by Atheist mythology that sprang from Darwin's ideas. Eugenics began, the Holocaust took place, Planned Parenthood arose to prevent the poor black people from populating the earth. Slavery took and all time high. Sadly, Christians were just as gullible to Darwin and his ideas and went right along with it. However, all atrocities began when people began to look to themselves to save the world and not to the Lord who had already saved the world.
There is also the fact that all people on earth are born as enemies to God. The ones he saved are here because God drew them to Christ who gave up his life and gave them his. Afterwards, these people still sin, have misunderstandings, get mad, say stupid things, and people suffer for generations to come.
But at the heart of it, it is like that football player said when the Ferguson protests happened, "We don't have a skin problem, we have a sin problem."
Obama is that first grader who tattles on his friends when he does the same things. There has been no President more supportive of slaughtering innocent children who happen to be conceived at the wrong time and who hates the pro-lifers who want to provide women with their true choices that will lead to both life and them not being stuck in poverty raising an unexpected child.
Yes, Christians need to defend their country, but again, we do it with prayer, evangelism, and sometimes even martyrdom. Sometimes they may need to take up arms for self-defense but it should only be to defend life, not kill more of it. And the state bears the right for the sword, not the church.
And despite what anybody has done in history, saved or unsaved, Christ is still perfect, and we still need to look to him for our salvation and stop dividing ourselves one against the other. Maybe one day our President will see that. By then, let us try to make peace with our neighbors and continue to defend truth and human life.