John Chau was unwell, suffering from a severe religious derangement. So severe, in fact, it cost him his life. Chau was a Christian missionary who regardless of what anybody else thought, just happened to believe he had the right to inflict his religious opinion on whoever. For years he had harboured an obsession that a reclusive group of Indian island dwellers should be pestered with tales about Jesus.
The North Sentinelese are an indigenous body of people living:
in isolation on the remote island in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, protected by Indian law to maintain their way of life and protect them from modern illnesses because they lack immunity.Despite being aware of the dangers and cognisant of the breach of Indian law that his intended visit to North Sentinel Island would constitute, Chau decided to proceed anyway. Religious insanity had rendered him indifferent to anything other than religion. While a prominent missologist has disputed the claim that he was unprepared or indifferent, this flies in the face of his stupidity right across the board. He seems to have been much less concerned with the islanders corporeal being than their celestial one. He showed scant regard for any of the illnesses he could have brought to the island with him: the natives, being undisturbed and secluded have no natural immunity against diseases such as measles or ailments like the common cold. That did not primarily matter to Chau – only Jesus mattered. On a mission from God, he decided that the natives just had to know about Jesus.
It was well known that the islanders jealously protected their territory and way of life, and with force if need be. John Chau knew the risks according to Indian police who claim:
Chau knew that the Sentinelese resisted all contact by outsiders, firing arrows and spears at passing helicopters and killing fishermen who drift onto their shore. His notes, which were reported Thursday in Indian newspapers and confirmed by police, make clear he knew he might be killed.Nevertheless, his friend John Middleton Ramsay said:
he was someone who died out of love for these people to bring the good news of Jesus Christ but it didn't seem to frighten him … He believed he was going to heaven, going to be with God if he died.Ramsay, apparently as much a religious whack job as Chau, claimed that both he and the late missionary "had a passion for sharing our faith with others." Which when broken down means an intolerance of what others think combined with a compulsive desire to practice religion on them.
None of this seems to figure with Covenant Journey, the Christian cult to which Chau belonged. Its chair, Mat Staver, said: "John loved people, and he loved Jesus. He was willing to give his life to share Jesus with the people on North Sentinel island." They were to have no say in the matter, just John and Jesus.
The natives, more concerned with protecting themselves than Chau was, after having chased the hymn singing intruder away twice, ambushed him with arrows and killed him before dragging his body away.
Others who have met with the natives over the years were only allowed to do so in the sea, up to their necks in water, where they handed out coconuts. The sea was regarded by the islanders as a neutral venue, not something owned by them like the land.
Now a Christian group that ostensibly exists for the purpose of highlighting persecution of Christians wants the natives brought to their concept of justice. International Christian Concern is demanding that the natives be charged with murder.
While there is considerable persecution of Christians in India, in the case of Chau, "he wasn’t killed because he was a Christian; he was killed because he travelled to a prohibited island and endangered the locals."
People are not their to serve as target practice for religious cranks. Hard for Christian arrogance to grasp that concept.