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On Honor Killings & Hypocrisy

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I was recently saddened to hear about the murder of a Muslim woman here in the US that was supposedly committed by her husband. It seems likely he did it, she had filed for divorce that day…but he has yet to go to court or anything of that nature that will declare him guilty. For now this man is simply the suspected and accused. The couple were reportedly having problems that had lead to the divorce filing. Divorce is always a pretty heartbreaking thing. The murder of this women is an outrage and cry for how our world needs to be transformed.

Very quickly I began hearing comments about this murder. The usual Facebook postings that are derogatory towards Muslims popped up. The news began talking of honor killings. And once again Muslim representatives were having to speak loudly about how this is not a part of their culture.

Was this woman’s murder an honor killing? It seems likely, though I do not know for sure. Is it an outrage? Yes. Are honor killings a part of Arab culture? Yes. Does this in any way mean that Arabs and Muslims are bad people? No. So very often I hear talk about the violence of Muslims and Arabs. Honor killings. Terrorists. While these aspects are within the Arab and Muslim cultures, too often they are pointed to by Westerners as reasons that we should fear these people. They are talked about in a way that simply implies that these people are not as good as we Americans and Westerners are. This is outrageous to me. How prideful, arrogant, and misguided we all are. I know this because I used to be one of those persons who looked down on Arabs and Muslims. I saw them as dangerous and less than. I continue to repent for this because I was so wrong.

In truth we are all dangerous. We are all capable of doing great harm to our brothers and sisters. We do such harm regularly. It is especially painful to me to hear Americans make derogatory remarks about Muslims. Who are we to say such things? I mean really. If honor killings and terrorist attacks are enough for a group of people to be deemed dangerous and less than, then Americans in comparison should all probably go to hell.

Our country began with a genocide of the Native Americans. We lived for years with slavery. We did not value the lives of slaves. They were killed, raped, and tortured at will. We have a history of believing it is okay to kill a person who is black for really no reason at all. We beat our wives too. Women here are raped every single day. Furthermore, they may not be covered up from head to toe, but they are certainly flaunted all over our culture in nothing.  We abuse our children, both sexually and physically, at an alarming rate. We think it is okay during wartime to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and still claim moral superiority. We have done this for years and years.  We believe it is okay to abort unborn children. We promote the right to bear arms like it is going out of style. We sell weapons all across the world, greatly exacerbating conflicts worldwide. We, as Americans, do all of this, yet we feel that we can point at other people and say that they are dangerous and less than us. What a great Christian nation we are! May God forgive us all for the ethnocentrism, racism, pride, ignorance, and hatred that we have displayed.

All of these forms of violence and hatred are wrong whether they are committed by Muslims or Christians. By non-believing Arabs, atheists, Hindu’s, Buddhists, Sikhs, agnostics, any of us in this world. Every society is broken. Every society is in need of a Savior. None of us have the ability to say that we have it down. Obviously Democracy does not save us from being murderous jerks. Only Jesus does this. He is our hope, our example, our redeemer.

James 3:17-18 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace”.

Amen. Help us Lord.

– Joy

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  1. Amen and amen.

  2. well said darlin. We should all remember to live in humility and repentence before God.
    -phil

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