NBCC, ABCC pained by serial blasts in Colombo churches

DIMAPUR, APR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/22/2019 12:00:56 PM IST

Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC)  and Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) have expressed deep anguish at the serial bomb blasts that rocked churches across Colombo on Easter Sunday targeting innocent worshipers. 

In a statement, NBCC general secretary Rev Dr Z. Keyho remarked that it was beyond human reasoning and understanding that human beings could have so much hatred towards other religious group and innocents. 

“We may have different faiths and religious beliefs, but religion and faith have taught us to love and build a loving community. If we hate each other because we don’t belong to one faith and religion, how will the world survive and how can we live together if we try to eliminate each other?” he wondered. According to Keyho, the world needs more love and less of hate in a world already filled with hatred and animosity. He called for respecting each other, rather than instigate insecurity by creating an unstable world. 

“We cannot eliminate other faiths and threaten other communities by preserving one’s own religion and community and find peace,” he stressed. Keyho said whatever had happened on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka is not only shocking, but has grieved the entire world, especially the Christian community. He added that it must have grieved God as well. 

Mentioning that whatever has been committed due to hatred cannot be repaid with hatred, he said one can only turn to God for peace and comfort. Keyho conveyed to members of the Christian community in Sri Lanka that “our hearts are deeply troubled and we stand in prayer with you”.

“We share your grief and mourn together with the bereaved families and the community in your darkest moment. In hard time such as this, let us look to God Almighty for comfort and find our strength in Him to overcome evil with good,” he mentioned. NBCC has also urged its members and all Christians in Nagaland to continue praying for the bereaved families, the injured and those who are now suffering and are going through a difficult time.

ABCC: Angami Baptist Church Council has condemned the bombings that killed at least 290 people in Sri Lankan Churches and Hotels on Easter Sunday, April 21. A press note from ABCC executive director, Rev. Dr. V. Atsi Dolie, stated that choosing the most sacred day for Christians to carry out a coordinated attack was not just an attack against the Sri Lankan Christians but against all Christians in general. 

The ABCC stated that the attack was an unthinkable evil and no amount of reason can ever justify it.   

ABCC further appealed to all Christians in Nagaland to pray for the Sri Lankans as they have just witnessed one of the worst attacks in recent years. “Let us pray for God’s healing touch upon all those who are injured, His caring understanding upon the bereaved ones, and that the ‘wounded’ church will triumph over this horrific tragedy by His enabling grace”, the release stated.  

It also prayed that the Christians in Sri Lanka experience the assuring presence of God Almighty at this hour of grief, pain and loss.

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