The village of Maalula with its ancient sanctuaries perched high on a mountain area near Damascus has been the destination of pilgrims for centuries. But today the village is attracting a new type of visitor, and some of them are coming bearing guns. —Christian debacle in Syria
Baron BodisseyÂ (Gates of Vienna)
This Syrian bishop’s stance is a refreshing one for those of us who are used to the mealy-mouthed platitudes and absolute pacifism dispensed with depressing regularity by Western Christian leaders. Will the percentage of Christians in our countries have to be reduced to single digits before we realize that organized self-defense is the only alternative to the annihilation of Christianity?
Needless to say, Bishop Al-Khoury is Orthodox.
The report fromÂ ANSAmed:
Syria: Orthodox Bishop Luqa al-Khoury:Â
“I call on every young man who can take up arms to come forward …Our young people are ready; their fingers are on the trigger and they’re ready to fight for the sake of Syria and for the sake of self-defence…”
The Bishop made these calls to self-defense as a response to the jihadist take over of the ancient Christian village of Maloula,Â in which 12 nuns and orphanage workers were kidnapped.
Â ‘Christians Take Up Arms,Â all methods of self-defense are legitimate’
In other news:
Saudi Grand Mufti condemns suicide attacks Â (kind of…)
Government-appointed cleric quoted as referring to such attacks as a sin, with attackers condemned to hell.Â (But if it advances Islam its okay, because allah is of forgiving and merciful…..)
Continued by Walid Shoebat:
He also spoke of how 40 churches have been attacked by the Muslims, and he chided those who accepted the rebels’ side of the story, which is, according to him, “that the regime is killing its people – they are seeing things with only eye.”
The Christians are being butchered every day, and while these holy warriors fight in the eternal fray, it is our duty to support the rescuing of the persecuted Christians right now, soÂ DONATE NOW AND SAVE CHRISTIAN LIVES.
To the secular eye it is a mystery as to why the Muslims would strive so much for the village of Maloula. But to the citizen of Heaven, it is as open as a glimmering candle at the farthest end of the darkest tunnel. The Muslims, being Arian heretics, want to take all of the Christian holy sights, and Maloula is most definitely one of them. And as the Christians of old once did, the fierce disciples of today will not fail in continuing on the war between Christianity and Islam that has lasted since Muhammad was possessed by the devil in the Cave of Hira. The Christian militias of our time will put fear into the Muslim enemies for their violence, just as the Jewish officers “feared the multitude” when refraining to arrest Jesus (Matthew 21:46).
Let us not forget the most brutal war that was fought between the Lebanese Maronite Catholics and the Palestinian Muslims, which lasted from the 70s to the 90s. That was a truly a religious war, and a crusade. Just look at this video and you will see the Lebanese tanks manfully adorned with crosses, just as the Crusaders of old vested their shields with that eternal image:
What else can be said about the Bishop’s entreaty to defend the holy sites of God? It is a call to cary one’s cross, a call to crusade. To carry one’s cross is to endure the struggle against evil, to war against it, and to vanquish the “inventors of evil things” (Romans 1:30). When Christ suffered on the Holy Cross, it was not a mere execution, but a war against the devil, in which the Leader of all the indomitable Saints and every loyal angel, took the victory and crushed the head of the old serpent, just as Jael crushed the head of Sisera and “shattered and pierced his temple.” (Judges 5:26)
The Crusader must never be swayed away from his mission by the modish desires of the earth, but he must be dedicated to the cause of Heaven with his soul utterly connected to the eternal realms of the most holy throne. The sacrificial teachings of Christ are not some novel ideas on world peace, but the instructions for a militant in the midst of the battle provoked by the division between the successors of Abel and the successors of Cain. What Christ taught is militancy, and every precept that came forth from His holy tongue, which is a sword that splits the world in two, is fit for the ideal fighter of God.
The purest image of a Crusader is Uriah the Hittite, for even when his wife betrayed him, and David connivingly asked him to repose in his home, he denied himself, took up his cross and followed God (Matthew 16:24), instead of his desire for a disloyal spouse, Just as Christ continued on to the Cross when His own people were planning His death, and His disciple Judas betrayed Him.
When David schemingly organized Uriah’s death, he never thought on why he was placed in the frontline, but kept his focus on the cause, for surely he was a “man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake” (Luke 18:29). Uriah was a saint, who with sword and shield, valor and piety pristinely exemplified what Christ said, that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Those warriors today, who have taken up their guns to fight the heretics coming against the holy soil of Syria, upon which the Apostle walked and were first called Christians (Acts 11:26), and every land where the Muslims attack the citizens of Heaven, fit this beautiful nature of Uriah when they crusade upon the enemies of God.