ONE of our local TV stations recently featured a movie called Machine Gun Preacher. The true story of Sam Childers, a bikie who became a Christian and started a childrens rescue mission on the border of southern Sudan and Uganda. An armed rebel group in that area kidnap children after killing their parents. Thousands of children have been murdered, tortured, disfigured and been forced into becoming child soldiers. The name Machine Gun Preacher arises from the fact that Sam Childers and his men use guns to rescue the children and protect them in the compound he has built in the area. Apparently the film was not entirely factual, but a visit to his website shows that the work is going on in more or less the same way as the film portrayed. He appears and speaks at the end of the film tacitly giving his approval of it.
The rebel group is heavily armed and to put it candidly, Childers and his men are having to kill people in order to rescue and protect the children. Here are some of my thoughts after viewing the film; why is there not a Country or Government somewhere in the world willing to intervene on behalf of the children? It is well documented that around 30.000 children have been kidnapped over past years. Why is the UN or other similar Global agencies doing nothing? Non interference in another countries affairs can't be used as an excuse when a single civilian has gone into the area, bought land and begun doing what an armed international force should be doing. I thought also that if an armed international force was there doing what Childers is doing ,we would not think twice about casualties inflicted in the rescue of the children. Is it any different when Childers is doing what nobody else would do?
In Luke we read; "it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. In Mathew; "take care that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in Heaven their Angels always see the the face of my Father...
What a terrible world we live in when small children are preyed upon by the worst type of evil and nothing is done. Today I was out and about and I found myself looking at children and thinking how I would feel if such wicked things were done to them. I think if it came to the crunch I would probably have to side with Sam Childers.
I think that anyone who sets themselves to destroy children, in evil hatred, is going to get it in the neck from God, one way or the other.