Church of God Public Statement on Charlie Hebdo Shooting in Paris, France

A valid question has been raised this week about the Church of God Public Statement on Charlie Hebdo Shooting in Paris, France. With all the media coverage that was given and received, the demand of a public response is only natural.

But there was none via the official channels, @actselerate or #OuRcOg public stream. And was it really necessary at this time of mourning to issue a public statement? The Church of God has historically declared its position on relative issues:

So is there a need for a separate public statement at this time? After all, the terrorist did not submit to the church’s Christian values. The publications of Charlie Hebdo did not submit to Christian values either. Should the church enter conflicts not recognizing its standards? Should Christians be the moral police of the world? What do you think? Please share only personal opinions and not political clichés!

18 comments on Church of God Public Statement on Charlie Hebdo Shooting in Paris, France

  1. I will be the first to say that I was shocked when I read it online. But what can we do after all. Things like this happen everyday around the world

  2. I will be the first to say that I was shocked when I read it online. But what can we do after all. Things like this happen everyday around the world

  3. Can’t agree more with this being a very valuable point. Thank you for bringing it to the table and thanks for a great topic for discussion. Now back to the original question: should there be a church position to the incident?

  4. Sure, everyday, but how often do such incidents involve the clash of religious hatred and religious satire? I am not being judgmental toward both groups, but after all they do not subscribe to the Christian point of view!!!

  5. Can’t agree more with this being a very valuable point. Thank you for bringing it to the table and thanks for a great topic for discussion. Now back to the original question: should there be a church position to the incident?

  6. Sure, everyday, but how often do such incidents involve the clash of religious hatred and religious satire? I am not being judgmental toward both groups, but after all they do not subscribe to the Christian point of view!!!

  7. I Am Not Charlie Hebdo wrote D.Brooks. Public reaction to the attack in Paris has revealed that there are a lot of people who are quick to lionize those who offend. Americans may laud Charlie Hebdo for being brave enough to publish cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad, but if Ayaan Hirsi Ali is invited to campus, they deny her a podium.

  8. I Am Not Charlie Hebdo wrote D.Brooks. Public reaction to the attack in Paris has revealed that there are a lot of people who are quick to lionize those who offend. Americans may laud Charlie Hebdo for being brave enough to publish cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad, but if Ayaan Hirsi Ali is invited to campus, they deny her a podium.

  9. Admittedly the topic is important but even the author admits that Christians do not have a say in all this

  10. Is there an alternative to all that?
    Christians should pray for both sides to prevent such unfortunate tragedies.
    Is your church praying for the Muslims and atheists?

  11. Is there an alternative to all that?
    Christians should pray for both sides to prevent such unfortunate tragedies.
    Is your church praying for the Muslims and atheists?

  12. Just yesterday scores of Christian churches were burnt down by anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters in Nigeria. Yes the church should have an opinion as it’s already been drastically involved. Not to get involved would be to be involved by the way they did in Nigeria.

  13. Just yesterday scores of Christian churches were burnt down by anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters in Nigeria. Yes the church should have an opinion as it’s already been drastically involved. Not to get involved would be to be involved by the way they did in Nigeria.

  14. There has been a Statement on Church of God Protests Terrorist Violence
    “The massacre of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIS speaks to an agenda of terror, hatred, intolerance and violence that must be addressed by all individuals created in God’s image. We must repudiate all acts of terror; without exception.
    Recognizing that today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity, as followers of Christ we recognize that silence is not an option, and call upon all Christians on Sunday, February 22 to allocate a minute of silence followed by a prayer reflecting upon the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians murdered and all others who have lost their lives at the hands of terror, as well as their grieving families.
    Further, we call upon the President of the United States of America and Congress to specifically address the persecution of Christians by ISIS, Islamic totalitarianism and regimes in the Middle East; and call upon the United Nations to convene a summit on Christian persecution around the world.
    Correspondingly, we stand convicted and convinced that terror and intolerance cannot, and will not, extinguish the light of God’s grace, truth and love. For at the end of the day we stand upon the promises from Scripture, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Matthew 5:10); and “The gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ” (Matthew 16:18)”.

  15. There has been a Statement on Church of God Protests Terrorist Violence
    “The massacre of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIS speaks to an agenda of terror, hatred, intolerance and violence that must be addressed by all individuals created in God’s image. We must repudiate all acts of terror; without exception.
    Recognizing that today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity, as followers of Christ we recognize that silence is not an option, and call upon all Christians on Sunday, February 22 to allocate a minute of silence followed by a prayer reflecting upon the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians murdered and all others who have lost their lives at the hands of terror, as well as their grieving families.
    Further, we call upon the President of the United States of America and Congress to specifically address the persecution of Christians by ISIS, Islamic totalitarianism and regimes in the Middle East; and call upon the United Nations to convene a summit on Christian persecution around the world.
    Correspondingly, we stand convicted and convinced that terror and intolerance cannot, and will not, extinguish the light of God’s grace, truth and love. For at the end of the day we stand upon the promises from Scripture, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Matthew 5:10); and “The gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ” (Matthew 16:18)”.

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