I hope that you have heard of the atrocities going on in Nigeria. My guess, though, is that if you have heard about it you have heard a one-sided story. MetaCatholic has a great post that offers both sides of the issue. What has bothered me the most, though, is a quote that is included in this story from the Archbishop of Nigeria (a Christian):
When asked if those wearing name tags that read “Christian Association of Nigeria” had been sent to the Muslim part of Yelwa, the archbishop grinned. “No comment,” he said. “No Christian would pray for violence, but it would be utterly naive to sweep this issue of Islam under the carpet.” He went on, “I’m not out to combat anybody. I’m only doing what the Holy Spirit tells me to do. I’m living my faith, practicing and preaching that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to God, and they respect me for it. They know where we stand. I’ve said before: let no Muslim think they have the monopoly on violence.”
How many other “Christians” think they are just “doing what the Holy Spirit tells them to do” while reminding Muslims that “they have the monopoly on violence”?
This resonates today especially as we who (pseudo) follow the Christian calendar celebrated peace on this second Sunday of Advent.