Thursday, November 23, 2006

Beheading and forgiveness

Just over a year ago Recliner Commentaries reported on the beheading of three Christian girls by Muslim militants in Indonesia. Now, in a surprising turn of events, one of the militants has asked forgiveness from the victim’s families (Christian Today, Nov.17).

What followed was even more amazing. There was a meeting between the militants and the parents of the victims. During that meeting the militants expressed repentance and deep sorrow—and then, in an almost supernatural act of Christian charity, the Christian parents forgave the militants for beheading their children! (Christian Today, Nov. 21).

Imagine the impact if this became a pattern of Christian/Muslim relations in Indonesia! We probably shouldn’t hold our breath but we can always dream.

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