In an alarming story that had me wisping through my history books, we see something that seems it is right off the dome of Michael Bay or that jacked-up dude creating the “Saw” trilogy.
I’ll just offer up the CNN headline: “Woman suspected of witchcraft burned alive.” Yeah, you can’t make this stuff up… any more. What’s worse, this is a trend!
Her death adds to a growing list of men and women who have been accused of sorcery and then tortured or killed in the South Pacific island nation [Papua, New Guinea], where traditional beliefs hold sway in many regions. The victims are often scapegoats for someone else’s unexplained death, and bands of tribesmen collude to mete out justice to them for their supposed magical powers, police said.
“We have had difficulties in a number of previous incidents convincing people to come forward with information,” said Simon Kauba, assistant commissioner of police and commander of the Highlands region, where the killing occurred. “We are trying to persuade them to help. Somebody lost their mother or daughter or sister Tuesday morning.”
Nice. This is more than 50 people who have been killed for “allegedly practicing sorcery.” And you liberal Wall Watchers out there want to think the U.S. has issues on capital punishment. Hrmph!
Here’s the part of the story that makes you think folk need Jesus. In a dire need of faith, people look to things that are tangible. Take villagers of New Guinea:
In recent years, as AIDS has taken a toll in the nation of 6.7 million people, villagers have blamed suspected witches — and not the virus — for the deaths.
For those of you who either are missionaries, or have a passion to help those who are, pray. Namely you, Aussies. These are your neighbors. Innocent people are being murdered because of things unseen. May Jesus make himself real, save the wrongfully persecuted and being medicine to the Dani and the rest of the denizens of New Guinea.
No humor here, Wall Watchers. There’s just nothing to laugh at, if you read the rest of the story.