Man Killed Trying to Bring Christianity to Remote Island Tribe

Posted: November 25, 2018 in Fails, Opinion, Religion

New Delhi: American John Chau was intent on bringing Christianity to the Sentinelese, a remote tribe living on an island off the coast of India. His initial contacts with the tribe, hunter-gatherers who reject contact with the outside world, had not gone well. One teenager shot an arrow at him, piercing his waterproof bible. Yet Chau decided to return to the island and try again, galvanized by the feeling he was God’s instrument.

“Lord, is this island Satan’s last stronghold where none have had the chance to hear your name?” he wrote in his diary.

Chau knew his mission was illegal. He wrote of his intention and plan to local avoid authorities. “God himself is watching and hiding us from the Coast Guard and many patrols” he wrote. Critics say his brazen violation of Indian law was selfish and put the fragile tribe at risk, exposing them to modern diseases for which they have no immunity.

The morning after Chau’s final trip to the island’s shores, fisherman who had taken him there saw his body being dragged and buried in the sand. He was likely killed by the Sentinelese usual method of weaponry – bows and arrows.

Listen, I don’t have a whole lot of sympathy for folks who put themselves in situations like this – the guy who was arrested in North Korea, the couple who were hiking in Pakistan and wandered into Iran and were arrested – I mean, if you’re crazy enough to go into Third World Countries for your own selfish reasons you get what’s coming to you. However, this John Chau takes the cake. I mean, spreading the gospel is great and all, but doing it whilst breaking the law and at the risk of exposing a whole island of people to diseases from which they have no immunity doesn’t sound real Christiany, know what I’m sayin’?

PS- I’m not 100% certain how God felt about this guy after all. I mean, was “God’s Instrument” John Chau or the Sentinelese arrows?

PPS- Seems like an arrow through your waterproof bible might have been a warning signal, but maybe that’s just me. 

  1. JunkChuck says:

    Several Christian advocacy groups are calling for “justice” in the “murder” of this Darwin Award nominee. My suggestion: round up a grand jury from their ranks and send them ashore with a couple of bibles and a pair of handcuffs, then let the chips fall where they may.

  2. A Todd says:

    I believe what he had going was between God the Father and himself. Who are we to judge? (Especially within the Christian religion we are called to spread the gospel).

  3. Zaphod says:

    Had he brought a virus to the community it could have wiped out a sizable fraction of them. Bringing religion to a community can bring everlasting troubles for future generations of those among them that are immune to such superstitious thinking. It’s bad enough that us atheists have long had to suffer inquisitions, religious wars, and the still-existing death penalty for apostasy in much of the middle east.

    However, if you must bring religion to an otherwise primitive lot, it’s best not to bring one of the old ones invented before people knew what a germ is and where the sun goes at night. After you use gadgets like iPhones to convince them you are a god and at least give them something useful. You know, that plague is caused by the angry rat god and his fleas, disease is caused by the dirty-hand god, disease is cured by the penicillin spirit, syphilis is cause by sleeping around, ect. This was all unknown when historical religions were created, which caused us a world of trouble.

  4. SJackson says:

    Well, to me, this is the gene pool taking care of itself. Like people who stand on the paint tray of a ladder or who get into the rhino pen at the zoo for a selfie. Thank you, gene pool.

Gimme a holler.

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