Eyewitnesses state that the gunman who killed 9 people on at an Oregon Community College last week targeted Christians. According to CNN, the Washington Post, and other media outlets, the shooter forced students to lay down in n a classroom floor and then asked victims their religion. Those that said “none” were shot in the leg; those who said “Christian” were shot in the head and killed.
I don’t want to minimize the pain and terror of the non-Christians who were victimized. I do want to extend both my sorrow and my admiration for those courageous students who stood up for Jesus Christ in the most demanding of tests.
The agony of true persecution falls far heavier on Christians around the world than it does on us in America. We should remember – despite the resistance of many Americans who don’t want to believe it – that in many Muslim countries Christians are being systematically eliminated. Alay Hirsi Ali, in a 2012 Newsweek article entitled The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World, reported “From one end of the Muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith”. Even Hilary Clinton stated in 2011 "more than a billion people live under governments that systematically suppress religious freedom." She coyly neglected to mention that the great majority of those people are Christians.
Christians can become targets. Jesus teaches If the world hates you, keep in mind it hated me first (John15:18). I don’t want to court a persecution complex in any of us; that is not the point of Jesus’ teaching. Rather he seeks to equip us with a sober realization. Many Christian morals and beliefs are now repugnant to secular American culture – and that is “normal” for the world. But we should not be unnerved by this. Just aware.