“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
As I sat down to write this I had tears running down my face because of what is happening in Iraq. The extremist disgusting no, EVIL group called ISIS is perpetrating a Christian Holocaust. No, it isn't at the level of what happened to the Jews under Hitler's reign, and I pray it will not reach that level. If you are unfamiliar with what is going on, PLEASE watch the video at the bottom.
The United States went to Iraq in search of weapons of mass destruction and found none. Whether you agree with that decision or not, what the U.S. did there had positive effects. There was some kind of freedom even if it is not what we enjoy here in the U.S. Human rights began to be recognized on some level. Men and women in the armed forces died for those people and for ours. For that I am eternally grateful. Not that long ago, the American forces, for all practical purposes, left. We decided (not me, but the royal we) that it was not in our best interest to maintain a peace keeping presence in the region. Shortly after we left, ISIS went on a rampage against all Christians offering them 3 options: 1) convert to Islam 2) pay the Jizya (tax) for being non-Muslim. 3) die. Of course there really is only one choice unless you are okay with watching your 8 year old daughter become the wife of a Muslim. What lessons should we be learning from this?
John Byrne is a pastor who has been spouting off his opinions his entire life (just ask his mom). This little blog is his venue for continuing in this tradition.