In Pakistan, where Islam is the state religion, Christians live within a Muslim theocratic society where the innocent are punished and the guilty set free.
On January 28, Judge Mohammad Azam of the Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore acquitted 106 Muslims of all charges related to their part in a massive attack on Christians in Joseph Colony. The attack took place three years ago, when a mob of about 3,000 Muslims torched over 140 Christian homes, ransacked Christian businesses, and burned three churches.
The angry mob gathered after a local Christian, Sawan Masih, was accused of making a blasphemous comment about Muhammad. In spite of the fact that police arrested Sawan Masih that day and took his entire family into custody, violating their individual rights, an angry Muslim mob assembled to take matters into their own hands.
Attackers remain mysteriously “unidentified” despite witnesses and media presence
“It’s strange that not even one person was found to be involved in the attack, especially when there was media present during the attack on Joseph Colony. This verdict is increasing the fears and doubts in the community that the space for civil society is shrinking, and those raising a voice for seeking justice are being ignored.”
— Cecil S. Chaudhry, of the National Commission for Justice and Peace
Even though video and photographic evidence of the attack exists, not a single Muslim was convicted of any wrongdoing – in fact, all 80 witnesses for the prosecution claimed they could not identify even one suspect. However, Sawan, the Christian man accused of blasphemy, is in prison and has been sentenced to death. His appeal against the conviction is pending in the Lahore High Court.
The Christian community in Pakistan is understandably angry about the miscarriage of justice in this situation, which once again highlights the oppressive nature of Islamic law and practice.
“And hope does not disappoint us, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.” — Romans 5:5
3/17 — As they go to God with their anger and hurt, pray that Christians in Pakistan will find their true rest by fixing their eyes again on the imperishable, unfading glory of God reserved in heaven for them. ( 1 Peter 1:3-4)
3/18 — Pray for Christians in Pakistan to be reminded that they face nothing alone — nothing apart from His love! “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
3/19 — Pray that Christians in Pakistan will be anxious for nothing except pleasing God and abiding in Christ daily.
3/20 — Pray for Pakistani believers to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ by His help.
3/21 — Pray for the unquenched outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Pakistan in order for believers to live joyfully despite trying circumstances.
3/22 — Pray that Muslims in Pakistan will have the scales fall away from their eyes and be open to receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes”. (Romans 1:16)
3/23 — Pray that the reservoir of joy in Pakistani Christians will be filled up by spending time daily in His Living Word.