For Father Josiah Trenham, it was just another Sunday. He was preparing to read scripture to his flock at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California just as he did every Lord’s Day.
A few members of the congregation got up and made their way outside as their babies were crying. They didn’t want to disturb the sermon.
As the parishioners and their young ones were out in front of the church, it happened. A car pulled up, a passenger in the front seat rolled his window down, grabbed a bullhorn, and began screaming “Allahu Akbar!” at the young worshipers.
It was an Islamic drive-by.
The parents, not knowing if this would be their last day on earth, held their babies close.
FOX News reports:
“Witnesses were able to give Riverside police a description of the green Honda Civic, but not of the three occupants. Some told police they believed one or more of the men may have been taking photographs, according to Officer Ryan Railsback. Although Trenham insisted multiple congregants heard the Arabic phrase, Railsback noted no mention of it was in the police report.
Whatever the case, no law was broken – even if an unmistakable message was sent and received.
“Be calm and to keep a special vigilance over the property and our children while we are at church,” Trenham wrote in an email to parishioners in which he recounted the disturbing event. “Pray that these provocative young men might repent of their intimidation and be saved.”
Trenham told FoxNews.com last week the situation remains “tense and tenuous,” and said the church now has security officers on hand for all regular services.
“It is a deep sorrow to live this way in the ‘new America,’” he said.”
My advice to Father Trenham would be to advise his flock to vote for Trump in November. If Hillary becomes president, the “new America” that Obama has given us will only get worse, and the jihadists will be entering your church, and beheading your faithful.
Also, I’d respond to any Islamists who want to intimidate my Christians brothers & sisters by responding, “I see your Allahu Akbar and I raise you a pump-action 12 gauge.” And I’d have one behind the pulpit ready for any such encounter. Just my two cents.
Blessed be the LORD, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.