Archbishop Justin: Peshawar martyrs cry out for justice
Yesterday, the Archbishop of Canterbury gave an interview to BBC Radio 4's 'World at One', in which he drew attention to the fact that Christians in Peshawar spoke of forgiveness even as they were 'crying out' for justice after Sunday's suicide bombings:
But he added that Christians in Peshawar are also ‘crying out vigorously’ for justice and protection following the worst attack on Christians in Pakistan’s history. The attack, which was launched as people were leaving Sunday Mass, killed 85 people and injured more than 120.Extending this doctrine of God to the appalling atrocity in Kenya, all this was faithfully reported by the Daily Mail. But the comment thread beneath was illuminating:
The Archbishop added that we have seen ‘more than 80 martyrs’ in Peshawar in the last few days. "They have been attacked because they were testifying to their faith in Jesus Christ by going to church. And that is outside any acceptable expression, in any circumstances for any reason, of religious difference," he said.
He continued: "When you look at what Christians teach, we are deeply committed to justice - we pray for justice for the victims, justice to be established. But Jesus, at his crucifixion, prayed also for those who were ill treating him. And that has been the pattern of Christian witness throughout the centuries."
Why is it that all the Archbishops we get are so clearly nuts!In their indignation at the counter-intuitive teachings of Jesus and cynical condemnation of the faithful witness of the Archbishop of Canterbury, this baying horde is no different from those who cried "Crucify him!" in Jerusalem 2000 years ago. They leap to judgment, but their minds are darkened. No doubt Archbishop Justin will forgive them their ignorance of the Christian gospel, for they know not what they say.
He's in his own little world and so far removed from real peoples' lives it's scary.
Yep,.. Just Like Cameron.... Roll on the Elections....!
I pray that the terrorists live in an eternal hell and burn there. I am not religious but this man should be removed from office as he is not fit for purpose.
Is it a pre-requisite that every AofC be an insensitive out-of touch buffoon? Whilst being in line with Christian teaching, surely forgiveness and prayers would be for the relatives of victims to decide themselves. It really isn't his place to say such a thing and can only compound the suffering of those relatives who feel that they could never forgive such an act - which most people would understand in these circumstances.
Anyone wonder why people aren't Christians anymore and why the churches are mostly empty buildings?
Welby needs to live in the real world.
No wonder the Anglican Church is falling apart. There is no moral direction left in either politics or religion nowadays. Our unelected, so-called leaders are all trying to show how wonderful they are, which is not what it is all about.
Bloody bible bashers saying pray for the sick and twisted terrorists?! Don't think so! Pray for the poor people who have lost their lives and the ones who were terrified stuck in the mall.
Is he for real
I wouldn't have thought it possible but this one is actually far worse than the last one.
Justin Welby may have been more suited staying in the city and not gone into the church.
Time was when the church had courage and direction and could give guidance. This clown is so full of pc nonsense we all just drift along
Who is this idiot trying to kid??
Is it any wonder that church goers are dwindling. Stupid man.
Well done Welby, talking to your hands is such an empty gesture.
Does the Archbishop of Canterbury really support Christianity?
But they should not detract from the witness of these Christian martyrs - in Pakistan and Kenya and all over what is often termed 'the Muslim world'. There are now pictures available online of Christians being beheaded in Maaloula, Syria, for refusing to renounce their faith in Christ. His Grace has seen them, and cannot bring himself to link - such is the horror of the terror. We really have no idea. But we must cry out on their behalf for justice.
So speak out, Justin, servant of Jesus Christ, for you have been sent as one seeking the grace of God to travel with these martyrs in His service together. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."