The Christchurch Tragedy
Friday, 15th March 2019 will long be remembered around the world, and particularly in New Zealand. Timed to be during an Islamic time of prayer, people at a mosque were attacked by a gunman. The mosque at Al Noor, Riccarton was likely to have had several hundred people inside. People at a second mosque were attacked a short time later.
One of many things that is sickening is that the whole thing was live streamed on Facebook. 50 people were killed and many more were physically injured. Countless others are grieving and wondering what is happening in our world.
These people had gathered to pray, just as we have gathered at Toongabbie Anglican today to worship the Extraordinary God. We may disagree with people of Islamic faith, but we must remember that people are people. God desires that all people live peaceful and quiet lives.
To make matters worse, at least one politician, those who are supposed to be our leaders, has attempted to quote the Bible in some kind of attempt of justification. This will not do.
As Archbishop Glenn Davies said in his statement: “The horror of the massacre of Muslims, praying in a Christchurch Mosque, has resonated with people of all faiths and of none around the world. That anyone, let alone an Australian, could execute such an atrocity and film it for his heinous gratification, is still hard to believe …...”
It is one of many occasions where we see that the world is full of war and hatred. How sad. Our hearts cry out to the God of all comfort, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom alone will justice and mercy be found, especially when events such as these overwhelm us.