trashing Christian crosses: time for Muhammad to take a hike?

 take a hikeHide your cross, Christians?

Or time to tell Muhammad to take a hike?

  Christians in Sydney, Australia, are being advised to hide their crosses after an Arabic-speaking gang shouting “F*** Jesus!” attacked a couple on a train while transport officers looked on from a “safe space” and did nothing.

The Sydney-based Daily Telegraph – a News Corp outlet unrelated to the Telegraph Media Group newspaper of the same name – reports the couple were attacked while riding the train through “Muslim enclaves” in south-west Sydney.

 Mike, who asked for his surname to be withheld for fear he might be targeted, said that four men of Middle Eastern appearance ripped his cross from his neck, stomped on it, and rained kicks and punches on his face, back, and shoulders. Two women attacked his girlfriend when she tried to protect him.

Five uniformed transport officers watched the attack take place but failed to intervene, Mike claimed, leaving the police to meet the train at a later station.

“I was born in Australia of Greek heritage,” Mike told the Telegraph. “I’ve always worn my cross. For [them] to rip it off and step on it has to be a religious crime.

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Firenze Sage:   Muslim enclave? Five uniformed transit officers stood by awaiting orders from HQ.

Below is a picture of the cross that was ripped from an Australian Greek Orthodox  man by a group of Muslims while transit personnel watched.  Authorities say transit personnel provide passenger service not protection.  

cross of man

hey, dude, who do you say I am? Muhammad? Jesus? Dali Lama?

jesus-blueSo who is God or speaks for God? Muhammad? Jesus? Dali Lama?

A clash of cultures, religions,  and centuries of modern change goes on in our midst. Two recent events show stark differences:

 An ISIS dude at Fort Lauderdale  Jan. 9  answered ‘Who do you say I am?’ with bullets, bloodshed and shouting  the  words of the Shahada,  ‘There is no god but God and Muhammad is …”

Twenty other dudes  met  Jan. 11  at  St. John’s church  in Aptos, CA Jan.11 to peacefully consider ‘Who do you say I am?’  while reading out loud  together the  Gospel of St. John which starts with:

1″ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

The presenter Alliee DeArmond told a story about participating in a Billy Graham Crusade held in Santa Cruz back in the early 1980s.  As part of the training she was questioned, ‘What will you say to people…?’

John 1:12:  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  

The ‘who do you say I am?’ discussion included time for personal reflection and general sharing.  Sharing included drawings and discussion of other books participants were reading.

Meeting #2  for Who do you say I am? will be in a week, same day and time:  Wed., Jan 18, 2016, at 7 pm – 8:30.