Every now and then I like to post a story some would want to say is persecution but really isn’t. Part of my reasoning for this is that it helps us to learn to discern true persecution from the consequences of unwise or sometimes even sinful acts. Sometimes Christians suffer simply because they fail to be as as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16). Here is a recent example from Nigeria.
Nigeria: Lagos Shuts Down Church Over Noise Pollution
19 June 2009
The Lagos state government has commenced the implementing of zero tolerance on noise and pollution as it shut down a Pentecostal church located in Abule Egba area of the state and two companies yesterday.
Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), and task force officials who went to the scene to carry out the operation said the church and bakery were shut over noise and gas pollution coming from loudspeakers and generators.
The LASEPA team led by Mr. Kayode Bello, who carried out the action yesterday morning, warned that the church may not be reopened until they have a change of attitude.
Daily Trust learnt that the government has warned those churches involved and notice had been served on them before the action was taken yesterday.
A packaging company has also been shut down at Abule Egba area for the same offence by LASEPA.
The State government had warned that the state would no longer tolerate the activities of churches and mosques which tends to disturb the populace with noise from their megaphones with various sanctions placed on them.