Christian witness in the face of Boko Haram atrocities.
"You must convert to Islam or else you will die a painful death” is what many thousands of Christians and other minorities are hearing right across the Islamic abyss. How many of us would be strong enough to refuse, as John did? How many of us would refuse to renounce Christ while our hands are being hacked off?
And how many would say “I forgive you” to those who wish to torture and kill our bodies?
Christ enthroned, surrounded by the animal symbols of the four Evangelists (Matthew=angel; Mark=lion; Luke=bull; John=eagle). Miniature from the Evangelistar of Speyer, Codex Bruchsal 1 01v, ca. 1220. Now in the Badische Landesbibliothek, Karlsruhe, Germany.