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Christians are called to defend the oppressed

By Scott Tibbs, October 7, 2009

I am absolutely convinced that if most people who consider themselves "Christians" met Jesus Christ today, they would think He was far too harsh and judgmental, not anything like what a modern American "Christian" should be. This is personified by the sickening perversion of Mark 11:25, used frequently by effeminate wimps as a "refutation" against those who would condemn people who harm others.

That statement by Jesus Christ is meant to be a commandment to Christians to forgive those who have sinned against them. Because Jesus Christ suffered so much to forgive us for sinning against Him, we have no right to hold grudges against others for wrongs committed against us. This verse is absolutely not a prohibition against defending the oppressed from those who would oppress them, and condemning those who oppress others. In fact, the Bible is filled with examples of how standing against the oppressors is a righteous, holy and godly thing to do.

  • Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. -- Isaiah 1:17

  • Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. -- Psalm 82:3

  • And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. -- Job 29:17

  • He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. -- Psalm 72:4

  • Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? -- Proverbs 24:11-12 (NIV)

The most striking of these examples is Job 29:17, where the fact that Job broke the jaws of the wicked and snatched the prey from their mouths is presented as proof of his righteousness. Paul writes in Romans 13:3-4 that righteous kings "are not a terror to good works, but to the evil." The righteous king "beareth not the sword in vain" because he is "a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." All throughout Scripture, condemnation of the oppressed and wrath for the oppressors is holy and righteous before God.

It makes me want to vomit when effeminate wimps urinate all over the Bible by misusing passages like Mark 11:25 to decree that those who have raped, murdered, tortured and horribly brutalized innocent people should be spared from righteous wrathful condemnation. This depravity was seen in the comments for a recent story in the Herald-Times about a "man" who tortured his grandmother with a stun gun, shocking her over 100 times. I have also seen it used to defend the demonic duo of Bennie and Blade Reed, who brutally murdered an elderly man and butchered an elderly woman, shooting her in the abdomen and then brutally slashing her throat like she was some sort of animal.

What infuriates me when I see these effeminate wimps pleading for "mercy" for these monsters is that the same bleeding hearts that are overflowing with compassion for people who rape, torture, mutilate and murder innocent people do not show the tiniest sliver of compassion for the victims of these demonic crimes. We should have compassion in these cases, but our compassion should be reserved first and primarily for the innocent people who have been victimized, not for the monsters who rape, murder, torture and mutilate innocent people who never harmed the perpetrators.

Of course, there is always room for repentance. Someone who has truly repented of his sins and seeks to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ will be forgiven for his sins, no matter how evil and perverse those sins might be. From the person who steals a small item from the supermarket to the worst Nazi war criminal, there is no sinner so depraved that the blood of Jesus Christ cannot redeem that person from his sins. But that unbelievably merciful reassurance does not and should never be used to deny the earthly consequences for sin, especially horrible brutality committed against innocent people. The state is called to bear the sword against these people, and Christians are called to speak God's truth about how God hates the oppression of the innocent.