This Sunday there were two mystery explosions at a Catholic and a Baptist church in Las Cruces, New Mexico. As this time there is no information on the bomber or his motives. It could be the random act of a crazy person. But it could also be a sign of what is going on in the world.
In Africa there have been a number of instances where Muslim terrorists have attacked Christian worship services, often killing large numbers of the Christians. I have read of instances where the church was burned down with the congregation inside.
In the US, in the aftermath of a California political struggle revolving around same-sex ‘marriage’, in some places angry left-wing gay protesters interrupted church services.
In more recent days the government has attacked small businesses for refusing to take part in same-sex weddings. In some cases the businessperson has lost the business, or been fined massive amounts. A husband and wife who owned a wedding chapel have been threatened for not performing same-sex nuptials. And an order of nuns who want only to serve the elderly poor have been ordered to violate their faith and provide health care coverage that includes abortifacients and contraceptives.
And so I wonder, when I hear of things like the church explosions: is it random, or a sign of troubled times ahead? The only thing to do is for all Christians to do what they can to deepen their prayer life and strengthen their faith— which includes learning more about our faith. (In other words, grab your catechism— and read it.)