Love and Martyrs

?????????????The Archbishop of Kenya is far too experienced in responding to martyrdom. His latest response of love and grace came poignantly on Good Friday, but it is only for the latest in a series of attacks.

• In 2012, 17 Christians were butchered in a church in Garissa, Kenya. (photo on left)
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• In November 2014, 36 non-Muslims were slaughtered while working in a quarry and 28 non-Muslim bus passengers were shot to death at close range. (photo on right)
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• This week at Garissa University, 147 Christians, mostly students were rounded up and executed. (photo below)

How does the Archbishop respond to this escalation of martyrdom?

On this Good Friday we gather in our churches across Kenya in the shadow of a great and terrible evil. People who deal in death have slaughtered 147 people in Garissa, most of them students, and brought wrenching anguish to their families and a deep sadness to our nation.

These young people died because they were Christians. This attack was a calculated manifestation of evil designed to destroy our nation and our faith….

Jesus’ death upon the cross was not in vain. By his death, death has been destroyed. The stone rolled away and the empty tomb of Jesus assures us that death does not have the last word….

While governments have a vital role, even more important are the hearts and minds of ordinary people. Let us covenant together before God that we will never ever surrender our nation or our faith in Christ to those who glory in death and destruction. We will not be intimidated because we know and trust in the power of the cross, God’s power to forgive our sins, to turn death into the gate of glory and to make us his children for ever.
Amen

CLICK HERE for the Archbishop’s full response.

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About Ben Unseth

Executive Director at Project Understanding (2014-2017), social service agency in Ventura, CA
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