Christians and Other Global Religious Leaders Stand in Solidarity With Muslims in New Zealand

Reaching across religious lines to offer comfort, religious leaders all over the world are articulating their condolences to those affected by Friday’s mosque shootings in New Zealand. As fellow people of faith, these leaders are spreading the Pray for New Zealand message.

“This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters.

A gunman attacked two mosques on Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayers. At least 49 people have died, with many more injured, some critically. A suspect is in custody, but authorities in New Zealand are not ruling out the possibility that the shooter had help.

As if the incident wasn’t bad enough, it appears those involved in the attack uploaded footage of shootings to social media and YouTube. It is obvious those responsible wanted the incident to be highly publicized. Authorities in New Zealand are asking people on social media not to share images of the suspected shooter or any of the footage the shooter may have uploaded.

Christian Leaders Offer Condolences

The fact that Muslim worshippers were attacked while attending a prayer service has struck a nerve with the global religious community. Christian leaders took to Twitter and other social media platforms to express their sorrow at the event.

J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, and President of the Southern Baptist Convention

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Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Canterbury, United Kingdom

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Mika Edmondson, Pastor of New City Fellowship Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Stadia Church Planting Network in the United States

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Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, United States

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Reverend Dr. Demali Najuma Smith-Pollard, Senior Pastor of Word of Encouragement Community Church in Los Angeles, California

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Source: Church Leaders