“More than 100 Christian houses were burned and looted on Saturday in a rampage that lasted about eight hours by a crowd the authorities estimate was as large as 20,000 strong. In addition to the seven members of the Hameed family who were killed, about 20 people were wounded.”
from NY Times Aug 2nd
“The attack in Korian, where homes of local Christians were torched, churches vandalised and Bibles desecrated, were allegedly sparked by rumours that a copy of the Qur’an had been burned during a Christian wedding. No one was injured in the attacks in Korian, but tensions continued to rise and fresh violence erupted two days later. According to eye witnesses, more than 800 Muslims carrying a variety of weapons raided a Christian settlement. Incited by broadcasts from local mosques, they looted, vandalised and set fire to houses. Seven Christians died in the flames and at least 20 injured. There are indications that the attack on the two areas was planned; according to one local Christian, those in surrounding villages and towns began receiving threats as Muslim clerics began preaching hatred and revenge.”
“According to reports, police have charged 816 people, including the district coordination officer and the district police officer, with murder, attempted murder and terrorism.”
From The Barnabus Fund website
Paul Windsor forwarded this news via email. One of the minor triumphs of evil is that this news is covered over in a deluge of celebrity gossip and sporting obsession. There has been not a hint of these goings on in the media here – well not that I’ve seen: plenty on celebrity lives though and a little too much post match analysis on the fortunes of the All Blacks.
There is no victory for this sort of evil though for God is a God of justice. His justice will be made plain, His glory seen, His rule made clear. I’m praying for the Hameed family, for the families around the world who are persecuted for the sake of Jesus that they will endure under hardship and that the words of Christ will fortify their hearts.
‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander… Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’
I’m praying too that the Lord Jesus may return quickly and bring an end to the tsunami of evil in the world.
Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.