This morning I saw a post that completely shocked me. It was an image of a 9yo boy in Thailand who had been beheaded by Muslims.
The post stated,
“Then they hanged or beheaded the rest of his family. Yet another example of Muslim on Buddhist violence in a country where Muslims are only a small minority.”
According to Live Leak, a website that is against censoring and dedicated to exposing the truth,
“more than 4,000 people from police and teachers to monks and children have been killed in the past 7 years by Muslims in south Thailand, but hardly a word in the mainstream media…”
“In Southern Thailand Muslim gunmen continue killing and threatening innocent citizens. The Muslim insurgents have threatened to kill 20 teachers and have distributed fliers that said, ‘WANTED: 20 Deaths of Buddhist teachers.’ Muslim terrorists object to the education system which teaches Buddhist culture that is not acceptable in Islam. The attacks are intended to force Buddhists to leave the region because Muslims want to create an independent Muslim nation in the three southern provinces.”
Such violence has plagued our world since the fall into sin. As an American we are all to often protected from such images as these. Yet ironically we recreate such violence in our entertainment because it is safe, because it is not real. Why do we hide from this? In church we talk about supporting the fight against human trafficking through giving money, but it is still not real. It is not until we see such violence that it becomes real.
What I am about to do is show you is a comparison of two clips that may offend some and may be to real for others. One is a clip from the film, The Cove. It shows the violent butchering of baby dolphins. In contrast, the next clip is of a family in Thailand who were murdered violently. These clips are both very graphic and very real. The reason I want you to see these is because we need to face reality.
We live in a world of violence. Both of these clips should have the made the same impact. They awaken us to a reality that violence is real. Many people respond to these clips in anger, blaming the Japanese fisherman, or the Muslim extremists. Some go even as far as to blame God for letting these people do these things. No matter who or what you blame we are still left with the problem. The problem is deeply rooted in all humans hearts. We can point the finger at those who were caught red handed in the act but the reality is that our finger needs to be pointed at our own hearts.
1 John 3:15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.
1 John 4:20 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
Matthew 5:43-45 ”You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous…
Jesus points out the problem in all of our hearts. We are all guilty of this reality and we deserve to be judged as murders. But I have good news.
While the blood of Abel (Genesis 4:10) and all those murdered in this world cry’s out for justice, Jesus’ blood (Hebrews 12:24) cries “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing” and “It is finished.”
So today, ask God to forgive your sin against your brothers and sisters. Ask God for salvation from sin through the blood of Jesus. Ask God to change you from the inside out and be an ambassador of peace. You will be surprised that God gives you a love for those who do unjust things, because you were as them and have been transformed by the power of God.
Stop pointing fingers and deal with the sin in your heart.
PS. It was suggested that I post a good site that you can use if you want to go and make a difference. What a great idea. shorttermmissions.com is a great site to find a group of believers who are already planning a trip to Thailand and many other countries. You can use their search engine and go just about anywhere. Let me know if you do so I can connect you with people who want to support you.