By Theodore Shoebat
Muslims in Iraq are demanding money from the Christians there, but when the Christians say that they don’t have money, the Muslims steal their wives. This type of violence is happening in the Christian village of Qaraqosh. A local shoekeeper said:
They killed the Christians. They took money from them, and if they don’t have money, they took their wives… We are scared and afraid.
But a number of Christian men in the area have decided to from their own security force. They have taken Ak-47s and decided to fight off the Muslims and protect their churches, setting up a security permitter
around the New Church of the Immaculate, the largest church in Iraq.
One of the Christian militants said with much valiancy and fortitude:
It is our duty to protect the Church… There are enemies all around us, Muslims who would like to take our land.
It is the duty of the Christian to defend the Church, both through the intellect with apologetics, and with one’s might through arms. For Christ tells us,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. (Luke 10:27)
To love the Lord with one’s might is applied in the Scriptures to physical force against the enemies of God. For after king Josiah slaughtered the pagan priests, the Scriptures describe him as:
And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him. (2 Kings 23:25)
David vowed to protect the priest Abiathar from Saul, who slaughtered a great number of the priests of God, declaring to him:
Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard. (1 Samuel 22:23)
None of the priests within this church in Iraq have fled, for while the warriors protect the sanctuary through their mighty hands, the priests protect it against the demons of Allah. They combat the devils with their very presence, as Nehemiah who told the merchants who sold outside Jerusalem’s walls, “I will lay hands on you,” (Nehemiah 13:21), while the warriors act as Christ, taking up a whip and driving the thieves from the sacred place of the King of Heaven.
The priests in the church have affirmed with an indomitable spirit, that “no matter what happens or how afraid they are, everyone must stay.” One priest exclaimed:
I have this stone… It is my stone. I stay here!
These warriors not only fight to defend themselves, but to defend the Divine Law, for when they fight, they deny themselves, take up their crosses, disregard their own lives, and in so doing, do their souls come together with the eternal realm greater than any ordinary Christian. They fire their guns at the barbarians of Satan, the acolytes of antichrist, and advancers of heresy, and thus join together with “the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:23-24)
In fighting physical battles against the mortal followers of darkness, the knight of Christ partakes in a spiritual battle, with sword clashing against sword in the temporal world while the swords of angels strike against the scimitars of demons.
David declares that “God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand” (1 Chronicles 14:11), signifying that the Almighty partakes in spiritual battles through physical means, that is, through arms, to obliterate those who advance spiritual darkness. The war, though being done through arms, is religious and spiritual, for after David defeated the pagans, he found their idols “and they were burned with fire.” (1 Chronicles 14:12)
While the priests of God have their “loins girt about with truth,” and bear the “breastplate of righteousness”, their “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” their hands clutched upon “the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked”, and armed with “the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:14-17), the knights of Christ, being also adorned with the whole armour of God, stand before the Holy Cross and affirm, with the Centurion, with just zeal, “Truly this was the Son of God.” (Matthew 27:54)
The soldiers of God, in the words of St. Catherine of Siena, “take the pay and the cross of Christ crucified,” and “march against the infidel dogs” (Letter to Messer John).
They set their eyes upon the Cross, behold it with the most ascending awe, and seeing the side of their Savior pierced with the lance, their hearts are struck with heavenly gaze; seeing their Lord scourged, their spirits are lashed with the rod of zeal, their hearts lament to their tongues, and with their mouths do they cry out with the saints of Heaven, “How long, O Lord” (Revelation 6:10).
The warriors of Christ do not become plunderers, as the soldiers of heathen do, but protectors of the Church, and they are as the “two hundred soldiers”, the “horsemen threescore and ten,” and the “spearmen two hundred” (Acts 23:23) who protected St. Paul.
The Christian militia in Iraq is just one out of many that appeared to fight the infidel dogs. They are pieces to a holy bastion of the New Crusade that will day show its full body and force.
Christianity is not about pacifism, but the sword that divides the world between light and darkness.