Presaging The 5th Seal

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held… (Rev. 6:9)

A bombing at a Pakistan church kills at least 78. An attack on a shopping mall in Kenya kills 68 or more. Massacres in Nigeria a few days earlier in the week claimed at least 142.

It’s been a bad week to be a Christian who is minding one’s own business.

We pray for those wounded and bereaved. And while we do, we watch the curious spectacle of the Western world completely paralyzed by a mass Stockholm Syndrome. Simultaneously, money helps those who support anti-Christian and anti-Semitic violence to get increasing acceptance and influence in Western countries. And so these countries say almost nothing. The political Left and the Islamists obviously are making common cause to the peril of us all.

For most Americans, events like those of the past week are still only faint and distant whispers from faraway lands: the random acts of a few crazies. After all, there can’t possibly be people, mush less entire movements of people, who would do such things as a matter of religious principle. So it must be that we have offended them, or that they have legitimate grievances against the Jews or the Bible-thumping Evangelicals. Yes, that has to be it.