By Tom Quiner
The man from Chad kneeled upon the beach from Hell.
He gazed to his left, and then his right. He saw 20 men, all Coptic Christians, prepared to answer a question that would determine whether they live or die:
“Will you deny Christ?”
One by one, the men refused.
One by one, a Muslim clad in an orange suit grabbed the Christ-affirming man by his hair, yanking his head backward to facilitate the beheading process.
The last words of each of the 20 murdered Christians?
“O, my Lord Jesus!”
The man from Chad was not a Christian. He had an easy out. Since he had never accepted Jesus in the first place, what would be the big deal to deny Him at this critical juncture in his life?
The guy probably had a wife and kid. Obviously, his response was a no-brainer.
And yet he watched the horror of seeing a man literally lose his head because he refused to deny Jesus, the Christ, as his lord and savior.
Then he watched a second guy do the same thing.
Soon, twenty severed heads littered the bloody beach from Hell.
“Will YOU deny Christ?”
The man from Chad had witnessed something extraordinary. Twenty men had given their lives in the name of Jesus Christ.
The man from Chad looked at the killers and simply said,
“Their God is my God.”
And a twenty-first head completed the massacre on this hellish Libyan beach.
The media missed the detail about the man from Chad being a non-Christian, which was corrected by the Ahram-Canadian News after last month’s (latest) crime against humanity committed by Muslims.
Christianity is under attack in Africa. It is being eradicated in the Mideast one rape, beheading, and crucifixion at a time.
Actually, that’s not quite true, the killings are taking place in bunches, as fast as murderous Muslims can sharpen their knives.
I attended a Catholic Men’s Conference over the weekend. One of the speakers was a guy named Patrick Madrid, a professional “Catholic apologist.” In other words, he’s a guy who defends the Christian faith with a Catholic perspective.
He said something quite provocative. He invoked Saul of Tarsus, the enemy of Christianity, the man who imprisoned and killed Christians in the name of his faith.
You know the story. He was knocked off of his horse by Christ and became an evangelist for the fledgling Christian faith. The spread of Christianity was accelerated by the remarkable outreach of “St. Paul.”
Mr. Madrid wondered aloud, “I just wonder if there might be a modern day Saul living the life as a Muslim that Christ will use to lead Muslims to Christ?”
In light of Islam’s war on Christianity and all things civilized, it seems like a pipe dream. But then, who would have ever thought a St. Paul would come along? Certainly not Saul of Tarsus.
American Christians seem disturbingly disconnected from the atrocities committed against their fellow Christians around the world.
Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ by invoking the words of St. Thomas Aquinas, so beautifully sung above in the Great Hall of Latvian University:
O, salutary Victim,
Who expandest the door of heaven,
Hostile wars press,
Give strength; bear aid.
To the Triune Lord,
May there be everlasting glory;
that life without end He
to us give in our homeland.