In one of the worst acts of persecution against Christians in American history, a group of Christian evangelists were attacked, brutalized and stoned at an Arab Festival in Dearborn, Michigan. And the horrific event was all captured on video (which is below). The Dearborn police at the event not only did nothing to protect the Christians from the attacks, they kicked out the evangelists and later detained them on the street. This is some of the most blatant evidence of the rising anti-Christian sentiment in this country as the spirit of Antichrist rises in America
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”Matthew 10:16.
It was a scene that looked straight out of a news report on Muslim violence in the middle east. At the 2012 Arab International Festival in Dearborn, which is an outdoor event held on public streets, Arthur Israel of the Christian public preaching ministry officialstreetpreachers.com and a group of evangelists, attended the event with signs that read “Jesus died as a ransom for many”, “without Jesus you will enter into the lake of fire” and other slogan and t-shirts proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. They stood together in a circle and barely spoke. In the opening of the video, a police officer instructs them to not use their megaphone (which the group used in 2011). Mr. Israel then asks the officer about the bottles that were being thrown at them and whether or not the police would do something to protect them to which the officer said the police would address anyone who threw things at them. The video then cuts to minutes after the officer leaves and the group of Christians are surrounded by an angry Muslim-American crowd who are hurling slurs and threatening the men with violence if they do not leave the event immediately. The anger and threats soon escalate until it is an all-out riot, with Christians being attacked brutally with rocks, bottles, eggs and even urine.
WARNING: this video contains graphic language and violence and is not suitable for children.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. — Hebrews 13:6:
Notice that the Christian men do not once yell, curse or respond to the outrageous level of violence from the Muslim American crowd. Jesus said: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven..” (Matthew 5:38-42). Christianity teaches this kind of response to hatred, even acts of violence. And yet, the police offer no assistance while the attacks are taking place.
Officers claim they don’t have the manpower to protect the Christians at the festival. “Your safety is in harm’s way. You need to protect everybody,” said Deputy Chief Mike Jaafar of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, who is Muslim American. “You do have the option to leave. I just want to make that clear.”
Israel replied, “You have the option to stand with us” as Jaafar walked away, leaving the Christians to the mob. When police leave, the crowd continues harassing the Christians and screaming profanities. Then police begin escorting the Christians away from the crowd. (source)
Note that the police informed the Christian group that they could not spare even 2 officers to stand by and protect them at the event. However when it was time to forcefully escort the Christian men out, 14 officers walked with them and they were later followed pulled over and detained outside by another 12 officers.
Dearborn Michigan – Pro-Muslim and anti-Christian History
Prov. 29:25: The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Dearborn, which has the largest Muslim population of any city in the United States, has been a hotbed for anti-Christian activity and clear pro-Muslim bias in the past. At this same event in 2010 and 2011, Christians were arrested for distributing Gospel tracts at the public event. Here is a video of the police at the 2010 Arab International Festival descending on and arresting Christians from the ACTS 17 Ministry who are not even in the festival but standing outside of it.
Deputy Police Chief Jaafar was also featured on the TLC reality show, All-American Muslim, which sought to counter the stereotypes of Islam as violent or extreme. In our article on Tim Tebow, we also noted that while Christian high football coaches where being punished for bowing their heads in prayer before games, the public High School in Dearborn had their football teams move their practice to midnight until 4 AM just to accommodate Muslim students who were fasting during the day for the month of Ramadan.
Jesus Christ prophesied the hatred and violence that His followers would experience for proclaiming his name, saying “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” (Matthew 24:9). After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to Heaven, the first century Apostles experienced threats of violence, attacks and jail time for preaching the Gospel. In restricted nations such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and North Korea, holding a Christian church service can lead to being murdered. Open possession of a Bible and the sharing of the Gospel are all simple activities which can simply get you killed. So seeing an awful display in America, one wonders where the media coverage of this riot was? Why are the mainstream news outlets ignoring this attack? And just as the police at Dearborn were not concerned, the Obama administration showed the same lock of concern as it, for the first time since its inception removed the section on Christian persecution from its 2012 Human Rights report. President Obama hails the success of the Arab Spring and calls Islam a religion of peace, yet oddly is silent on the persecution against Christians in those same Arab Spring nations that has increased under their new Islamic regimes.
And now the anti-Christian violence has come to the shores of America. As American society continues to angrily reject God, embrace immorality and use any opportunity to blaspheme the name of Jesus Christ, it is no surprise that the freedom practice Christianity freely and speak in public is being restricted. Pray against the spirit of violence that was displayed and for the Christians in Dearborn to continue to persevere in the faith against this opposition. And that they continue to not respond in violence, but demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ, who was taunted, attacked and beaten before being executed. All to save the souls of the very people who were attacking them. And that is what spreading the good news of the Gospel is all about. Christians street preachers seek to help the public know that there is nothing more important than securing eternal life and forgiveness from God through Jesus Christ. And like the Apostles of the first century and Jesus Himself, Christian must continue to fulfill the Great Commission and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even in the face of increasing opposition and violence.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. — Psalm 27:1-3.