On Monday evening, January 31, a group of us from All Nations CRC and friends from my inter-church small group (it’s a wacky, mixed group) attended a vigil in downtown Halifax to honour the victims of the shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (CCIQ) in Sainte-Foy, a suburb of Quebec City.
Why? Well, I preached on Micah 6:1-8 last Sunday and will preach on Isaiah 58 this coming Sunday (both from the lectionary) and both of these passages are teaching me and my friends that we’ve gotta keep our worship and actions lined up. Worship and justice belong together. (Actually, I’m pretty sure my friends knew this already.)
Plus, Muslims are my neighbours. Not just because many Muslims immigrate to Halifax, but because I live beside a majid (what many of us non-Muslims often call a mosque).
It was a privilege. I have never done anything like this before. I’m not a political activist type of person; I was even a little nervous. But grieving with Muslim neighbours, as well as taking a stand for peace and justice, was important for me in living out my faith and in being a witness for Jesus.
You can see in the photo that I held up a sign. A number of Muslims said “thank you” to me, and talked with me.
Thank you, Jesus, that through your cross and resurrection you give us all hope when events around the world and in our neighbourhoods are frightening and depressing. Please come back. Maranatha.