At church we watched a video related to Release Internationals International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church. The particular part we watched related to Northern Nigeria and the persecution that some Christians had come under.

It was challenging and asked the question, ‘what would you do under the circumstances, would you respond with violence or love?’ It was challenging as in the examples given, the Christian ministers had come under attack and their churches burned. In one case the Bishop’s wife was home when he was out and she was beaten to blindness.

Not a major part of the presentation, but hinted at was media reporting of the story. It was suggested that ransacking and church destruction was covered up by local government and journalists by suggesting that it was caused by hoodlums and. But that was questioned by asking why only Christian churches were targeted and not other religious or secular buildings. This was spoken about by the Nigerian minister interviewed.

What was suggested by the presenter, was that worldwide media had said that the violence went both ways, i.e. between religious groups, that it was not all one way. This was disputed by those interviewed who said that in the life of Jesus they could find no justification for violence.

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”

Related links: The persecuted church