See the report from the From the Protestant Church of Smyrna to the Global Church about the recent torture and murder of three Christians in Malatya, Turkey.
It is a gruesome story in more than one way:
- Firstly the terrible way the Christians were tortured and murdered.
- Secondly the fact that they were murdered for their belief.
- Thirdly the ambiguous attitude of the people and authorities in Turkey.
Such barbarism is all the more disturbing when it happens so close to home. Turkey is a candidate for EU membership. It is a popular holiday destination. Two groups from my daughter's school will spend a week there in October. Many fellow residents of NL are of Turkish origin.
So are we in Europe going backwards into barbarism? Is this the 'clash of cultures'? Do we have to pay attention to Jespersen and Pittelkow and their book "Islamists and Naivists"?
Are we strong enough in our faith to face the persecution, when it comes our way, with such grace as the families of these martyrs?
Bible publishing firm murders in Malatya on Wikipedia
Turkish Believers "Satanically Tortured" Before Being Killed on BosNewsLife
"Danish wake-up call on Islam" review of Jespersen and Pittelkow book on International Herald Tribune