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...earnestly contend for the faith which was once
delivered unto the saints. (Jude 1:3b)

August 2005

Dear friend of KHCS,

The Crusades!  How many times have you had that thrown in your face as an example of how “religion” is evil? 

With the release this past spring of the motion picture, “Kingdom of Heaven,” I feel it’s time to set the record straight.  Especially since the movie was about as historically accurate as “Star Wars.”

So please allow me to bring you a brief historical timeline of events leading up to, and after, the Crusades:

For almost 1000 years, Christians from Europe had been making pilgrimages to the Holy Land.  Meanwhile, Muslims had been spreading the new faith of Islam at the point of the sword, conquering predominantly Christian North Africa by 690 A.D.  The Muslim armies conquered Spain by 711 and crossed the Pyreneés in their quest to take over all of Europe.  They were only stopped by a small army led by Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours, in what is now southern France. 

Islamic expansion to the east was stopped when the Moslems fought the Chinese at the Talar River in 751. 

In 1009, Caliph Hakeem ordered the destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and all Christian edifices in and around Jerusalem.  This was followed by a harsh persecution of all Christians. 

The Seljuk Turks conquered Jerusalem in 1070, and by 1092 had taken all the Christian cities in the Near East.

Thus, when the First Crusade began in 1096, there had been a centuries-long history of Islamic aggression against Christians, Hindus and others.  Thus, the Crusades were a series of counter-strikes against the Arab world.   Europeans were not alone in this, as the Mongols invaded and sacked Baghdad in 1258. 

It must be remembered that the Crusaders were not a professionally-trained army with any sort of military discipline.  And not all of them could be considered Christians.  Many of them did indeed commit atrocities of various kinds.  But to suggest that the Moslems were sitting peacefully in the Holy Land and were attacked by Christian aggressors is totally false. 

But think about this:  what would have happened if Europe had become Moslem in the 8th Century?  What if King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella had not driven the Moslems out of Spain in 1492?  Remember, they celebrated by sending a Genoese sailor named Columbus out to discover a westward route to China.  And the rest, as they say, is history. . .

While the Crusades were not nice, no war is.  But I don’t believe it is necessary to commiserate over the past.  Christians need to move ahead with Christ’s Great Commission to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

And here at KHCS, we are doing our part to bring the Gospel to this end of the earth the Coachella Valley and surrounding desert areas. 

Your tax-deductible contributions each month enable this listener-supported ministry to bring you Information and Inspiration, 24 hours a day.   August is always a difficult month for us financially.  I ask you to please give generously this month. 

In His joy!

Glen Kippel

Glen Kippel
General Manager

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