Anders Breivik Needs to be Crucified

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After Anders Breivik went on a killing spree various media sources identified him as a fundamentalist Christian. Many Christians rejected that claim, not only because of his actions, but because of the words he wrote in his manifesto.

I even quoted Breivik’s manifesto in Was Anders Breivik a Christian? to refute the claim that he was any kind of Christian.

Defending the name of Christ in light of those claiming Breivik was a believer was the right thing to do. Yet, in defending Christ many of us missed an opportunity in the moment. Of course, Breivik is still being talked about and he is still alive so there is still time. There is still time to explain what needs to happen to Breivik.

There is time to explain that Anders Breivik needs to be crucified.

I would not expect secular media sources to call for Breivik’s crucifixion. They were the ones trying to tie him to Christianity. It may sound odd for a Christian to say Breivik needs to be crucified, but in light of his violence it seems appropriate. Christianity faced violence very early in its history. An early Christian named Stephen, who many consider one of the first deacons of the church, was stoned to death (Acts 7:59) while speaking of Jesus.

As sad as it was that Stephen was stoned to death there is something fascinating about the account. Present at the stoning was a young man named Saul who approved of Stephen’s execution (Acts 8:1) while he guarded the clothes of those doing the stoning (Acts 22:20). Saul, despite being guilty of killing Christians (Acts 22:4), would later become known as the Apostle Paul who wrote most the the New Testament.

It is the Apostle Paul who will explain what it would mean for Anders Breivik to be crucified.

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (Romans 6:6 ESV)

Elsewhere, Paul explains the effects of being crucified with Christ.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 ESV)

My plea is that Anders Breivik needs to be crucified with Christ. That is, he needs to repent of his sins and believe the gospel that Jesus Christ died on the cross taking the punishment for his sins, rising from death unto life on the third day defeating death. Despite Brievik’s murderous actions he can still be forgiven by God. This does not alleviate any punishment for what he did, but he can be made right eternally with God through Jesus Christ.

The message that there is still forgiveness for Brievik is what those in the media using him to sully Christianity need to hear. The very religion blamed for Breivik’s actions is the only one that offers a solution for his actions. It is the only religion to offer peace between Breivik and those Muslims he hates to much.

So the best defense against Breivik being a Christian may ultimately be the offense of explaining that forgiveness is still available to him, and anyone, through the gospel.

For what it’s worth…

Mark

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1 Brian Knapp May 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

Hopefully people will actually read your article and not just the title πŸ˜‰

2 Brian Knapp May 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

Hopefully people will actually read your article and not just the title πŸ˜‰

3 Mark Lamprecht May 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

When I wrote it the title was created to get folks to read it. πŸ™‚ I hope the automatic archive tweets aren’t too much.

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