Getzville, New York – a Molotov cocktail was pitched through the door of the Chapel at Crosspoint at around 05:30 a.m. on Saturday. It ignited the vestibule of the church, which set off the sprinkler system.
The Getzville Fire Department and Amherst Police Department responded. The resultant flood in the church created $10,000 worth of water damage. Authorities are reviewing surveillance tapes from area businesses in an effort to determine the perpetrator(s) of the incident.
“There’s no way to stop it from happening again except for catching the person who did it this time. We will conduct our investigation. It’s a very serious matter anytime somebody uses a firebomb particularly to [a]religious facility.” Police Captain Captain Enzo Villalta
Police are investigating as to whether incident was a hate crime or a random act of vandalism.
The Chapel at Crosspoint is not involved in any controversy. The congregation and leadership were undeterred, and services went forward on Sunday as planned, in spite of the damage.
About 2,000 people attended the service on Sunday, though some of them had concerns.
TWC news quoted a few church members:
“Yeah, obviously we’ve seen internationally that’s a major concern for Christians throughout the world. So, it saddens me that it happens here throughout our own society,” said church member David Barnard.
“I think it’s sad, I think there’s obviously some ignorance or prejudgment of who we are what we’re about and I think that’s going on in a lot of different areas of our society,” said church member Rich Worling.
As hostility toward Christianity grows, these kinds of incidents will increase. In New Mexico, more sophisticated devices -pipe bombs- were found earlier this year. Fortunately, no one was injured. No one was injured in this church in New York. The church in Charleston is a case in point – hate, in whatever form for whatever reason, is alive and well in America.
It falls to Christians to be vigilant. However, wisdom must replace fear, and staying true to the faith rather than compromise. It’s about people, not about buildings.
“The Church is people. Buildings are buildings. This structure is not the church, we are the church.” Pastor Jerry Gillis
This original article is posted at Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children
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