November 27, 2018

Media puts down missionary murdered by Sentinelese tribe as “adventure seeker”: Here’s why it matters

Ben DaviesRebel Host | Rebel Reel Reviews

John Allen Chau, a 27-year-old missionary from the United States, was killed on North Sentinel Island, an isolated place where the tribespeople have had no successful contact with the outside world — and where any who have reached the shores have been murdered.

The Indian government, which owns the island, has made it illegal for anyone to go there and so this young missionary’s actions were against the law.

However, what is most glaring is the media coverage of the tragedy with outlets like USA Today and Insider referring to the missionary as a "tourist" and "adventure seeker.”

There’s a huge difference between perishing while seeking thrills like surfing a wave, skydiving, or trying to climb Mount Everest, and dedicating three years of your life to a plan to share the hope of Jesus Christ with a people forgotten by the world.

Chau followed his convictions even knowing the risks, and when confronted by danger, he kept walking whil,e ”facing a flurry of arrows” towards the people he was trying to help.

This should NOT be scoffed at or conflated with adventure seeking.

I only wish we would all be so dedicated to helping others.

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commented 2018-11-27 22:01:55 -0500
Glenn Craig: I am safe in saying that if you research any of my previous comments on this site,you will find I have never “had my knickers in a twist”regarding Muslim-anything…
Organized religion is organized religion…no matter which direction it comes from.Down through the ages,as the different religious factions have evolved(or devolved…), it has been my position in our world,at present,that they no longer represent the (right / wrong / indifferent / misguided) creed that they originally represented….
commented 2018-11-27 21:37:06 -0500
To Stephen, John, and particularly Andrew….if this is as you say…then why do you get your panties in a knot over the least little disparaging thing said here about moslem missionaries and evangelists?…I mean…It’s really not like we shoot arrows at them on sight…..;-)
commented 2018-11-27 21:27:47 -0500
Al Peterson : Is it possible that these people do want the"information"you refer to? I do not think these people are restricted from leaving this island,so I do not think it qualifies it as an “anthropological zoo for our amazement”. It sounds more like free will.Whether or not this free will goes in a direction which benefits this specific culture…will only be determined by the passage of time.If you subscribe to the notion that an omnipotent force has placed us here….then might not that omnipotent force have it’s own purpose and destiny for any said culture?
Maurice Potvin: Pompous arrogant condescension can originate from any source that pretends / presumes / pontificates that “they” are the sole source of knowledge,guidance and direction of mankind’s journey in our known universe.It does not hurt to occasionally check your moral and philosophical compasses.
commented 2018-11-27 20:55:58 -0500
STEPHEN E There’s no shortage of pompous arrogant condescension from atheistic God-haters and you’ve got it in spades. You’re the one displaying selfishness and arrogance, not John Allen Chau. Regardless of whether or not his actions foolhardy, he was no doubt motivated by love and compassion for the people he was trying to reach. I think you probably know that in your heart, but you just can’t admit it lest you invalidate you own God-hating stance.
commented 2018-11-27 20:50:40 -0500
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Jim Elliot
Missionary Martyr in Ecuador
commented 2018-11-27 20:50:24 -0500
And some people say evolution has stopped. Yet, somehow, natural selection still acts to remove society’s fools from the gene pool.
commented 2018-11-27 20:35:25 -0500
Just because John Allen Chau decided to do missionary work, regardless of the serious consequences of his actions, just shows his selfishness and arrogance.
John Chau knew that these people may kill him. The had already attacked him once. So this could hardly called ’selfish". In what way is it arrogant to inform people and let them make a decision. Wanting to keep people in an anthropological zoo for our amazement is selfish.

John Chau believed that these people are going to die one day or another> After that they will probably be in hell. So his wanting to offer them the hope of the New Heaven and the New Earth is commendable. What they do with that information is up to them. Not to do-gooders who want to "save"them from the big bad gospel.

There is another parallel to this story form the Aucas of Ecuador. Several American missionsaries were killed by the people they wanted to reach. Now most of those people are believers and very grateful for the deliverance they have received in this life and the next. The movie, Gates of Splendor the the story.

In their own words:
commented 2018-11-27 20:10:22 -0500
Could we send Trudeau to straighten them out?
commented 2018-11-27 20:04:09 -0500
Jesus is not in anymore, now days we have to learn to pray to a myth created from the dreams of a drunken bandit, having early morning withdrawal symptoms.
commented 2018-11-27 19:55:12 -0500
On the contrary Peter Netterville,I understand very well.I understand your view.You would have done well during the Inquisition.Perhaps we could bring back the Auto-de-fe,as well.
commented 2018-11-27 19:47:04 -0500
Like I said, John, you do not understand.
commented 2018-11-27 19:41:03 -0500
Peter Netterville: It has nothing to do with hatred for Christians and Christianity.I am a Catholic.Sometimes you just have to ….mind your own business…and let cultures find their own way
commented 2018-11-27 19:30:37 -0500
The hatred for Christians and Christianity is plainly evident in the responses from Stephen E. and John Galt. This is the same response from the media as Ben Davies pointed out.

Ben Davies, it is not possible for these people to understand why John Allen Chau went to the island to bring the message to them. They are spiritually blind and completely incapable of understanding.
commented 2018-11-27 19:10:38 -0500
Ben Davies: Did they ask for help from this man??
Have they asked for help from any outside source??
He followed his convictions and they…apparently…have followed their convictions.Why is that a problem?
commented 2018-11-27 18:19:53 -0500
Stephen E…..thirty people marooned on an island is neither sustainable nor healthy for any and all concerned. The leftists and the feminists howled over the situation on Pitcairn Island.

The risk was mutual….these islanders may be imune to something dreadfull to us as well. So when we encounter any sort of new or different people is xenophobia the answer?
commented 2018-11-27 16:41:36 -0500
Ben, you missed that these people have not had any contact with the outside world and are susceptible to any minor disease that we carry and we are immune to. What we might consider a sniffle may mean death to the population, which is estimated at 30.

The government of India understood this, banned access to the island, and arrests anyone who tries setting foot on the island or contacting the natives.

Just because John Allen Chau decided to do missionary work, regardless of the serious consequences of his actions, just shows his selfishness and arrogance. His presence (just his dead body alone) might be the death nell of the entire race.

The first time Chau tried contacting the tribe he was repelled and he left. Obviously, they did not want him there. Obviously, to him his desires and beliefs are so much more important than the very lives of these people he wanted to “save”.