I really, REALLY hate it when people use Jesus as a reason to kill people. Despite that, my own personal feeling has been that if people like this claim to know the same Jesus I claim to know, then those relationships with Jesus are between those people and Jesus. And not really any of my business.
Until now. I'm growing out of that belief as more and more people do and say stupid stuff in Jesus' name.
Starnes: Well, I'm no theologian, but I suspect Jesus would tell that God-fearing, red-blooded American sniper, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, for dispatching another Godless jihadist to the lake of fire." But, then again, I'm no theologian.
You're right, Mr. Starnes, you're no theologian. Allow me to tell you EXACTLY where you got this whole thing wrong.
1. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Not kill the infidel.
Luke 19:10--10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Matthew 26:51-52 -- 51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached out his hand and drew his sword and, striking the body servant of the high priest, cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, Put your sword back into its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
2. A God-fearing person wouldn't be a sniper.
Exodus 20:13--13 You shall not murder.
Matthew 5:17-20--17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 22:34-40--34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
John 14:15-21--15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
3. Jesus doesn't want ANYONE being sent to the Lake of Fire.
John 3:16--For God so loves the world that He sent His only begotten Son, and whoever believes in in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
You know what? If you claim to follow Jesus, you don't get to throw around racist, homophobic, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, hate-filled speech and actions. You don't get to do that. And if you think you DO get to do those things, then you need to go back and read your New Testament again and again and again until you understand that it isn't Jesus filling your heart with hatred, but Satan.