There is no doubt that there is a decline in respect for Christian houses of worship today. Places of worship used to get the respect of most in our society, even from the unbeliever. But, even in our day of atheist groups and a plethora of belief systems in America, it would seem that a bomb set in a church building on Sunday should raise eyebrows. People should be alarmed when such events occur. Especially when they happen twice in one day.
The Huffington Post reports:
A pair of small explosions just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants Sunday morning at two churches in southern New Mexico.
There were no injuries or deaths from the blasts outside Calvary Baptist and Holy Cross Roman Catholic in Las Cruces, Las Cruces police spokesman Danny Trujillo said. Each building sustained minor damage.
We have two different churches, from two different denominations, both in the same town and both Christian in affiliation. There seems to be both a pattern and confusion. There seems to be no real connection between the two congregations. So, why these churches?
The Huffington Post continues:
Authorities are working to determine who planted the explosives, what materials were used and whether the blasts were related.
“It doesn’t appear to be coincidental because of the timing, but you never know,” Trujillo told The Associated Press.
Well, there are a few things that we can conclude. First, is the fact that there seemed to be no real attempt to hurt the congregants. Neither device was strong enough to do more than superficial damage. And they were placed in a location that would not likely endanger many.
Second, there is the fact that these two congregations would be considered Christian. From an outsider, there is really no difference between the Catholic Church and the Baptist Church. They both claim Christ.
But there is also the fact that there have been many bomb threats lately.
This bombing comes after a series of bombing investigations in the United States since a gunman Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez killed five servicemen at the US Naval Research Center and the military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee last month.
On July 21, 2015, Tallahassee, Florida police began an investigation into a bomb threat against the Florida National Guard. That same day, Iowa police began investigating a bomb threat against a fertilizer plant.
It is unclear whether these threats and the shooting in Tennessee are in any way connected. The one thing that should be obvious is the targets. It is the Christian that the bomber was targeting. They were after Christians. Whether to harm or scare, the people intended to receive the brunt of this attack were the followers of Christ.
And there is no doubt that there is only one enemy that could be at the bottom of such a crime. Only one enemy of the Church would so indiscriminately attack the representation of Christ in the world. That is Muslims. Once again, these things demonstrate the idea that they and we can cohabit the same land peacefully is a far-fetched, if not impossible one.
They will tarry no rivals. They hate us because they first hated Christ.