Violence against Churches in America Continues

As many in America continue to try to get their heads around the idea of our government sending people to jail for exercising their freedom of religion, others are attacking the Church in all its forms.  I reported the bombs detonated inside churches in New Mexico, and we knew then that it might get worse.  It seems it has.

Christian News reports

Police in New York are investigating after a firebomb was thrown inside of a door at a non-denominational church on Saturday.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning at approximately 5:30 a.m. as a yet unidentified suspect threw a Molotov cocktail threw a glass door at the Chapel at Crosspoint in Getzville. The explosive then started a fire in the vestibule, which set off the sprinkler system and flooded the entryway.

Much like the New Mexico bombings, there were no injuries.  But, there were a lot of damages as the fire set off the sprinklers.  Once again this was not a church that is in the middle of any controversy or political fight.  And once again, there is no link between this church or any of the others in either name or doctrine.  The only thing that links this church and the other which were bombed is that they claim to be Christian.

Christian News continues

Police are now looking at surveillance footage from both the church and area businesses to obtain clues as to who might have thrown the explosive at the church. Officials are also considering whether the act can be considered a hate crime.

“There’s no way to stop it from happening again except for catching the person who did it this time,” Police Captain Captain Enzo Villalta told WIVB-TV. “We will conduct our investigation. It’s a very serious matter anytime somebody uses a firebomb particularly to religious facility.”

Though it is unlikely that this bomber, who used the simplest and crudest bomb is connected to the more sophisticated pipe bombs used in New Mexico, there is the connection of intent.  These people have the same hatred for the church, and the first might be the inspiration of the last.  If so, we might see one feeding off of the other or worse.  We might see more and more people emboldened to attack the church.

At any rate, the Chapel at Crosspoint is not going to be deterred by this act of hatred.

Christian News reports

“As authorities continue to investigate the minor damage to our facility and the motive behind it, we are reminded to continue in our mission of sharing the love of Christ with all people and to serving this great community we live in,” Jerry Gillis, the senior pastor, said in a statement. “We look forward to doing just that … as we gather for worship at our regularly scheduled worship times.”

God blesses and protects His people.  These bombers need to realize that they are touching the apple of God’s eye when they come against God’s people.