Incidents of attackers killing innocent people they have not even met before continue almost everyday now, somewhere on the globe. And the one thing they all have in common is that they are carried out by people who believe they are promoting the Islamic faith.
In this week alone, as we wrap up this edition of Church Arise! there was the global headline-grabbing incident at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi where not less than 68 human lives were abruptly terminated by Al Shabab militants. The muhajedeens are smarting from the losses they have been incurring in their home base of Somalia following an AU offensive led by Kenyan forces.
Nigeria is probably not too far from the same situation, and it’s the grace of God that has not allowed the enemy to be able to perform his wicked devices as much as he would have wished. Reports have it that the level of sophisticated arms cache now being vaunted by Boko Haram in the forests of Borno, together with corpses of ‘fair-skinned Arabs’ among their casualties clearly indicate that moslem terrorists flushed out from Mali and elsewhere might have joined forces together with their Boko Haram co-jihadists. Only a few hours to this write-up, elements from this group visited Doruwa village in Yobe, around 1.00 am on Thursday 26th September, where in cold blood, they shot dead a yet unnamed Pastor together with his two children . They then set the Church and two other buildings ablaze before taking their leave. (see http://www.channelstv.com/home/2013/09/26/suspected-boko-haram-members-kill-pastor-and-two-children-in-yobe/)
And in Pakistan, it was two suicide bombers who detonated their lethal bomb at the All Saints Church, Peshawar on Sunday Sept 22. Over eighty lives (boys, girls, wives, husbands, etc) were gruesomely terminated in the first wave of casualties. This is not counting those who would yet lose limbs, if not lives, in the course of their ongoing medical treatments. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24193734)
Apart from these spikes of events, there is the constant on-going killings of christians in places like Syria, Egypt, etc as opposing warring muslim factions take turn to teach the vulnerable hapless christians a few lessons, for not showing sufficient loyalty to their particular faction! Like the proverbial grass caught between dueling elephants.
The least christians under more favourable climes could do is to keep these brethren in mind, lift them up in prayers, and when so opportuned, speak out for them. How comforting to remember that “In all their affliction, He was afflicted.” (Isa. 63.9a); and that the King is actually now at the door.