A Christian woman recently stuck to her guns after being confronted by an angry group of religious extremists, demanding that she convert to their religion. After rejecting the men by telling them that they were followers of a false religion and shooing them away, they later returned, intent on convincing the unfortunate woman otherwise.
According to reports, the incident took place in the Kalampete village in Kibuku District of eastern Uganda after Mamwikomba Mwanika, a mother of 8, was confronted by a few Muslim men who wanted to convert the woman to their religion. Unfortunately for them, she wasn’t about to denounce her own faith.
As it turns out, Mwanika’s brother-in-law, Samson Nfunyeku, was killed a month ago in the same village after extremists tried to do the same to him, and they eventually killed him as he remained steadfast in his belief in Christ.
After arriving at her home, the Muslim mob became rather angered when the woman failed to produce her husband since he wasn’t home at the time. “Your husband has followed the religion of his brother, and we had warned you people to stop these activities, but our message has landed on deaf ears,” a member of the group was quoted saying before the men took violent action.
Mwanika’s 13-year-old child later recalled the incident, saying that the men “dragged our mother outside the house as she screamed and cried for help.” They then began to hack the woman with machetes before leaving her in a pool of her own blood to die in the streets as a message to everyone else in the village.
Her husband came home soon after to the horrifying sight of his bloodied wife lying in the street, but reports indicate that she was still alive at that time. Before dying on her way to the hospital, she said, “I know that the attackers are looking for me. We are seeking God’s protection and His peace. May God give me the courage to continue sharing the love of Christ to those who are lost, as Jesus said we should love our enemies.”
Those are the words of a true martyr.
You see, that’s exactly where Christianity differs from other religions. Jesus told us that we are to love our enemies, just as Mwankia said. A true martyr is someone who is killed for not denouncing their religion, despite being defenseless and knowing full well that not doing so would result in death.
Muslims, on the other hand, are commanded in the Quran to kill unbelievers, and when those being attacked fight back and speak against Islamists, well, they call that Islamaphobia.
Quran 47:4 — So, when you meet those who disbelieve, smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly. Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity or ransom, until the war lays down its burden. If it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.
Any religion that calls for murder shouldn’t be followed. It’s our duty, as Christians, to continue to spread the Word of Christ, sharing the gospel and the gift of salvation. And, thank God, our Lord doesn’t require us to kill those who disbelieve. As for those who would use such tactics in an attempt to silence our faith, we will not be terrorized into denouncing the one true God.