Pakistan is very Muslim. And very anti-Christian. So anti-Christian that there’s just not many Christians. But there are some brave souls who stand up for Christ in the face of a possible death sentence from blasphemy laws or terrorist strike.
A businessman named Parvez Henry Gill is now erecting a 140 foot cross in Pakistan.
The cross stands at the entrance of a Christian cemetery that was created nearly 200 years ago under British Rule so therefore, I guess, it falls under the rule of the Episcopal Church there.
So, I think we can all admit, this is a pretty brave thing to do but then you get this from CNS News:
The construction of the cross came as a surprise to many living around it, neighbor Adnan Ali said. But Bishop Sadiq Danial of Church of Pakistan, an Episcopal church, said he offered to demolish the cross if it becomes too divisive, though he doubted it would come to pass.
“We spread peace,” he said.
What on Earth does too divisive mean exactly. Is it if Christians start being killed? Yeah, they’re already doing that. Is it if terrorists start bombing churches? Yeah, check that box already too.
In effect, you’re saying we stand for the cross unless it upsets you. Then, no so much.
Actually that sounds pretty Episcopalian to me.
I do seem to recall Jesus saying something about being divisive.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set
a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’