World Evangelical Alliance Has It Right on Norway Killings
When my wife told me that a Christian "fundamentalist" was said to be responsible for the recent killings in Norway, I was sick. Not only was this a horrible association of all that Christ represents, it will surely lead some skeptics to say that religion only begets violence and hate.
Watching this tragedy from Germany as well as through the BBC here, it is clear this event struck a nerve in Europe. Europeans are very adverse to violence and the use of weapons. Norway has a reputation for peace, so deep that the most one can serve in prison is 21 years. The attack in the name of fighting multiculturalism is the exact opposite of how one should engage the many cultures one sees not only in the world but in our nations.
So I was pleased to see the statement by the World Evangelical Alliance that these killings also sickened them. A key part of the statement was, “The WEA is saddened to read reports that the suspect claims a ‘Christian’ faith. Evangelical Christians globally condemn religious violence in the strongest possible terms, and are sickened when such violence is carried out in the name of Christ." Another leader said, “We are horrified to see that humans are able to put in practice such an awful plan. “This violence can only be regarded as a sign of utter evil, totally opposing the goodness and righteousness of God."
Well said. Such acts have nothing to do with Jesus or the gospel. They are a betrayal of Him and His care for the world. One hopes such an event will not be repeated. Our prayers are with the families of the killed and wounded. In Germany, there was a moment of silence at soccer matches over the weekend. Stop and say a prayer for the families and the nation of Norway.
For more on this statement, see