Christians worldwide have been facing intense persecution. But now some of them are fighting back. Pakistani churches have been subject to periodic attacks for decades. But last time that happened, when an attack on a worship service killed 14 and wounded 70, some 4,000 Christians staged a riot of their own, lynching two suspects. Authorities are worried that Pakistan, already torn by conflicts between Sunni and Shi’ite Islamic militants, will descend into full-fledged religious war if the Christians get involved.
Some Iraqi Christians have organized a militia to fight ISIS. In central Africa, Christian militias have been attacking Muslims whose militias have been attacking them. Lebanon has long had a formidable Christian militia organization. After the jump, an excerpt and a link about what is happening in Pakistan.
What do you think about this? Should Christians facing persecution accept martyrdom or fight their persecutors? Or does it depend on the situation, and, if so, what are the situations? [Read more…]