Following the devastating bombings of 3 churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, as a Christian, I found myself feeling the pain of the attacks cut a little deeper. So I reluctantly tuned into the 24/7 news coverage, alternating between the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 news, where I learned more details of what had happened.
After a day or two (or it could have been mere hours) I couldn’t help but notice the narrative begin to shift away from the fact that the bombings were primarily targeting Christians and Catholics celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, I have to admit, this made me feel aggravated to the point of wanting to go on a Twitter rant shouting ‘They were targeting churches. They were targeting Christians and Catholics. Why is that key fact being omitted?’ Yet, many more news outlets followed suit, reverting to describing what had happened as a terror attack on Sri Lankan civilians, rather than opening up a dialogue on the reasons behind what had taken place.
Further to being disappointed by the fact that a spade couldn’t just be called a spade, it truly dawned on me how much of a secular society we live in, where religion has become a dirty word, used by politicians and journalists to label anyone that has a belief system that follows God as a fanatic or prudish. A week on and I’ve been meditating on how, in times of trouble, it’s so easy for our faith to seem like it was built on a foundation of sand, washing away with each daily disaster.
So how do we keep our faith when it seems like the world doesn’t even want to acknowledge it? Well, it’s simple; we turn to the word and our Lord Jesus Christ who is steadfast, unchanging, and continue to be an example of His love.
If you’re in need of inspiration, look to Galatians 6:9
‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’
It reminds us that in uncertain times we should hold onto our faith and continue to do good. Despite feeling like we, as Christians, are fighting against the tide, that shouldn’t stop us. We can all make a difference in small ways, for example, you can:
1. Offer your seat to someone on your commute to work.
2. Say a prayer for a child who is dealing with being bullied at school.
3. Approach someone that is homeless and offer to buy them a night at a shelter.
It may seem like a drop in the ocean, but we should allow each small act of kindness to strengthen our spirit, knowing we will one day reap the rewards.
These attacks, although undoubtedly horrific, should also give us the opportunity, if ever we are asked our opinion on the bombings in Sri Lanka, to speak up and remind the world that the majority of those that were attacked were Christians and Catholics and we should never forget that. If ever we are faced with challenges and attacks against our faith, stand firm and hold on even in the face of death (which I can imagine would be scary) knowing that eternity still awaits us.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.