I have to say I am mad. I have been reading a bit of the news about the suspect in the bombing and the shooting in Norway. From the reports he is being described as a conservative and fundamentalist Christian. But the more and more I read there is nothing about this guy that screams out Christian. Calling himself a Christian makes him no more a Christian than me calling myself Santa Claus makes me Santa Claus. I am insulted to be associated with this lunatic in any way.
He was a Mason who played violent video games and hated Muslims. There is nothing I have read about this guy I would associate with being a conservative or fundamentalist Christian as he claimed to be. I wonder if he ever set foot in the door of a church or opened his Bible. None of the fruit of the Spirit was evident in his life. What is it that makes him to be a Christian?
In all this I am reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7. Jesus says, “not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 7:21-23). It is about more than who we claim to be. It is who we show ourselves to be. They will know we are Christians by our love and not by what we say.