"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
Well…it took no time at all
I was reading through the news today about the tragedy in Aurora. I saw a few comments on a story that talked about James Holmes and religion. I guess it was only a matter of time before this was tied to Christianity. So lets look at some of the comments and titles we are seeing online:
“My heart goes out to victims of Christian Terrorist James Holmes”
“James Holmes, Colorado shooter, described as ‘normal’ Christian”
“Meet James Holmes: A Presbyterian Christian”
“Shooter James Holmes – a WHITE and a Christian – mass murderer”
These are all on page one or two of a Google search that yields nearly 123 million hits.
These titles don’t include comments on these stories which range from passive aggressive to downright nasty regarding the forgiveness of James Holmes. There are some Christians who, despite what the Bible says, argue the Holmes is going to hell no matter what.
All I can do is shake my head. How do we get to a point in history that a heinous act is associated with Christ?
This goes back to the whole discussion of Christian or not Christian. Someone who professes salvation, or possess salvation. The argument being used here is so logically flawed it is ridiculous. The logic being, James Holmes attended church, therefore he is a Christian. It would be the equivalent of saying, Robert attended a football game, and therefore he is a professional football player. Another analogy, Robert attended an atheist conference, and is therefore an atheist.
While attendance to events CAN BE an indicator to something you are interested in, it in no way makes you. Bible scripture is clear that this is the case. Matthew 7:23 demonstrates that there will be people who cry to the Lord claiming that they knew Him, and he will say depart from me, I never knew you. These are people who clearly attended church, but it did not make them.
The other attack is focused on the forgiveness of God. They are using this as some sort of argument against God. Can you imagine? The audacity of God to forgive someone who has sinned. I for one am thankful that He does and that He will. Lets say that at some point in the future that James Holmes is lead to Christ. He is truly repentant of his sin, and has faith that Jesus died on the cross for his sin’s. Would James be saved? Would James go to heaven? YES HE IS AND YES HE WOULD! There are two points that speak to this:
Remember the thief repented and had faith just before he died on the cross with Jesus. He joined Jesus in paradise on that day.
Remember that Paul (Saul) was VERY active in the persecution and murder of Christians before being converted. We can, for example, place Saul as the martyrdom of Stephen in Acts. He went on to become the Apostle of the Gentiles.
Remember Nineveh, and how God spared them when they repented after Jonah preached to them.
The Ten Commandments do not give favor to any one sin. So in God’s eyes a lie is as evil as murder. What does this mean? That, in God’ eyes, our sins against God are as evil as that of James Holmes. It means that WE ALL need salvation because of those sins, or stand condemned before God on judgment day. On that day there will be no difference between some one who has spent their life helping children but did not possess salvation and James Holmes. We ALL need that salvation. That includes James Holmes.
Don’t get me wrong, I am as outraged at this as everyone else is. However, I am thankful that I am forgiven. Let’s not forget the parable of the lost sheep and remember that “there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who do not need to repent.” James Holmes is a very lost sheep.