Christianity; The way of Peace

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The rising violence against minorities, inflames retribution and aggression amongst the minority masses. Two recent incidents of anti-Christians onslaught are ambiguous examples of an obvious retaliation from the Christians.

 

Christians protest over Badami Bagh arson
Christians protest over Badami Bagh arson

This reprisal appears to be the final decision of Christians to fight back and not to take it any more. These events are certain indication of disintegration in Pakistan nation which may give rise to interminable embroilment in the long run.

 

In the recent incident of the Joseph Colony touching off on 9th of March, 2013, where at least 200 houses, 2 Churches, countless Bibles and 8 lives were consumed by the vandalism which consequently, ignited acidic vengeance in the Christian populace of Lahore.  “In Karachi, protesters staged demonstration near Karachi Press club which eventually turned violent and started vandalizing shops, bikes and cars in Saddar area. Police and Rangers resorted to heavy tear gas shelling and baton charge to contain the crowd,” aired ARY NEWS.

 

The situation of rage and fury in Lahore was much worse than other parts of the country, “members of the Christian community staged protests on Ferozepur road in Lahore. Some enraged demonstrators resorted to stone pelting and broke the windows of buses and stands of the recently-launched Metro Bus service in Lahore. Police also fired aerial shots to disperse the mob but to no avail,” reported DAWN NEWS.

 

At another occasion, it was reported that,” The protests erupted in various parts of the provincial capital in the morning after a large number of Christians appeared on different roads. On the Ferozepur Road residents of Yuhanabad who were carrying placards and banners blocked the traffic. They were chanting slogans against the Punjab government.

 

The situation took an ugly turn when police tried to disperse them when they stormed the central track of the metro service, halting its operation. Police also pelted the protesters with stones.”

 

“The charged protesters damaged a metro bus and ransacked parts of the Yuhanabad bus station. Police fired tear gas and fired into the air to disperse them but without success,” DAWN NEWS accounted.

 

Another incident that indicates the birth of sectarian fissure which is likely to widen; posing a great threat to cohesion of Pakistan. The attack on Christians of Francis Colony, Gujranwala is exceptional as Christians resorted to fighting back. This reprisal is valid as log as it comes only for self protection, not otherwise.“I went to the Church where I addressed the Christian community and appealed to them to stop the protest,” said a local pastor who’s name is not disclosed for security reasons.

However, assented to examine these two incidents of retaliation from Christians in the light of the Bible says about “retaliating.” The foremost thought that needs to be kept in mind is to “Avoid retaliation as far as possible.”

 

Genesis 26:19­22 (NIV) Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

 

 In second place,” Christians must leave vengeance to the Lord.”

(Rom 12:19 NIV) Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

 

Essentially, Christians should”bring the matter to the state”

If offended by unbelievers, Christians should appeal to the state for justice. (Rom 13:1-7)

 

This is what Paul did when met head-on by a murder plot. He did not waver to seek out the protection of the state when his life was in danger. (Acts 23:12-35) He knew that while personal insults could be endured by taking the way of peace, when lives are threatened, the way of peace has to give way to the way of justice.