Love and Martyrs

1-IMGP0389The 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.

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….

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The writer is referring to Anglican Archbishop of Kenya.

Christianity has seen too many martyrs in the last century. First, it was the Communists, now it’s Islamic fanatics.

  • UCSPanther

    It is high time that Christians, Jews and all those of other religions and beliefs start picking up their swords and start fighting back.

    Only then will Jihadis start backing off when they realize that their aggression will be their doom…

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  • Frances

    Interesting that the Archbishop’s statement came via GAFCON, and not via Canterbury.

    • Frau Katze

      Don’t know how that works. The Anglicans aren’t as centralized as the Catholics.

      • Frances

        There has been a schism within the Anglican communion for some years, now, with the more ‘progressive’ churches – primarily the Episcopal Church of the USA, the Anglican Church of Canada, and some elements of the Church of England – which “have increasingly accommodated and incorporated un-Biblical, un-Anglican practices and teaching” increasingly alienating the orthodox. In the USA, some more orthodox parishes and dioceses responded by disaffiliating from the established structure of the national church and seeking episcopal oversight from bishops in other parts of the world (some of this in Canada, as well). Eventually, a more formal structure was developed, with the formation of the Anglican Church in North America.

        Worldwide, the orthodox bishops, clergy, and laity were also prayerfully considering the situation, They formed the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, and have held some conferences, the first being in Jerusalem in ?2009 – the Global Anglican Future Conference or GAFCON. A very large number of the world’s Anglicans belong to orthodox dioceses, and it is these orthodox Anglicans and other Christians who are being attacked in Africa.

        There still is considerable allegiance to the Archbishop of Canterbury, as he has traditionally been considered the titular head of Anglicans worldwide. However, over the past two decades, many Anglicans have been dismayed to see Canterbury seemingly of one mind with the Episcopalian and Canadian Anglican churches; the Lambeth conferences have been unproductive and only served to heighten divisions.

        So, when the Primate of Kenya publishes his Good Friday statement – and a powerful one it is – using GAFCON, he also makes a statement as to where he stands in the Anglican communion.