Is the news coverage of the Nigerian massacre on Pentecost. I didn't even hear about it until a day later, and haven't been able to find out much information. By today there were no stories at all. It's horrific, and I have many friends from Nigeria I've met over the years. In my ministry days, working with those through the International Missions Board, it was my blessed privilege to meet so many, and see what true joy in Christ really looks like.
It breaks my heart that this is their life, and has been for decades. Again, you don't know it because the press ignores it. So do most leftwing pundits. We can't really blame the Islamic driven violence on European colonialism, or the US government, or GW Bush. So it's small potatoes. I know people can point to the WaPo, or Reuters, or CNN - all who have run some stories. But can you in all seriousness say it compares to something like the coverage of the New Zealand mosque shootings? I can't come close to mustering the level of denial to make that claim.
Nonetheless, I know from those I've been blessed to befriend that their joy will continue apace. Despite disease, hunger, persecution and death, they are among the most joyful and caring Christians I've ever known. I still remember when my dear, late friend Joseph first met my dad. My mom and dad were visiting us while in seminary. I introduced Joseph to my dad, and he immediately rushed over and grabbed my dad and lifted him in a giant bear hug - just because. Anyone who knew my dad gets the humor with that one.
But prayers for these forgotten victims. They serve no practical purpose to the media by covering their sorrows and suffering. Pray for their loved ones. Pray for the Church universal. And dear Lord, pray that we never slip down into the media's pitcher plant of demonic evil that measures charity and sympathy against a politically expedient yardstick.