There is danger in religious extremism. But there’s also danger in irreligious extremism and a story out of North Carolina another tragic reminder:
“Washington (AFP) – A North Carolina man espousing anti-religious views has been charged with the murders of three Muslim students, including a husband and wife, who were shot dead in the university town of Chapel Hill, police said Wednesday.”
My heart aches.
Murder, no matter the motive, is a horrible and immoral act, but to kill other peaceable people over ideology (or a parking dispute) seems somehow worse. There is no defense for man that executes three innocent people.
The damage extends beyond the three killed, it effects those who lost their loved ones and ripples out into the world. Violence begats more violence and this murder could soon be used to justify reprisals just as irrational.
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Jesus Christ)
God forgive us for our murderous hearts and give us a heart of love for all people. May we love in extreme, lay down our own lives for the good of others and leave vengeance to you.
We need a love that overcomes evil with good. We need the love that was found in Jesus or we too may succumb to this mindless cycle of violence.