Hatred in a Graveyard

3 January, 2015

Serbian Graveyard. Kosovo. 2009.

Serbian graveyard. Kosovo. 2009.

The nature of hatred; even the dead are despised, unwelcome.

This graveyard is located just outside of Mitrovica, Kosovo. It is a Serbian graveyard. The ethnic Albanians have desecrated the graves of those interred here. The hatred runs so deep that even the dead have no peace.

AMPP was in Kosovo assisting missionaries who work in Priština in adult education and church support. I spoke with some Albanian Kosovars about the ever-present KFOR (Kosovo Force international peacekeepers.) I asked one man when he thought Kosovo would be stabilized enough to allow the NATO peacekeeping force to leave. He stoically replied that they could never leave. If they left, there would be violence.

His reply reminded me of the position of the Church in the world, and I am writing of the Body of Christ, not a religious organization. The Church, vis-à-vis the Holy Spirit, is a peacekeeping force for all humanity. Although the Church has been much maligned as a source of strife, it actually its presence that keeps the world from a hellish unraveling, for the time being. We do know that this situation is not a permanent situation.

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