If you’re scared of WWIII due to the ISIL attacks on Paris, don’t be. If terrorists make you terrified, you’ve let them win.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
If you’re so angry that you want to just want to destroy all Muslims, stop and think. God loves ALL people, Jews, Christians, Muslims and people of different faiths and of no faith.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
God doesn’t want to crush or destroy. He wants people to come to know Him.
Don’t get me wrong, certainly we need to continue and perhaps increase military, police, security, intelligence AND diplomatic efforts in Syria, the Middle East and all over the world.
First of all, ISIL does not represent all Islamic people- they destroy mosques and persecute, torture and kill Muslims just as they do Christians, Jews, secularists and anyone else.
Secondly (if you consider yourself any sort of Christian at all) think about what Jesus’ own response would be. Would it be explosive anger and hate? Would it be to be paralyzed and petrified and fear? Should we no longer accept refugees from Syria, for example?
To those who say that prayer doesn’t do any good, instead we need to bring down the hammer of shock and awe- may I remind you that ISIL might never have become so powerful in the first place had we not been so quick to invade Iraq even though Iraq had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11?
Hate can never defeat hate. Darkness can never defeat darkness. Anger only adds to anger. Only love can defeat fear and hate.
Romans 12:17-21: Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Sure that starts with prayer, but it shouldn’t end there. We must change our hearts, then our actions, then perhaps those new actions will begin to reach the hearts of others.
To the may people out there outraged that so many are outraged by the Paris attacks while being oblivious or numb to Kenya and Baghdad and Syria and Nigeria- you’re right, we have all failed to be observant, diligent and compassionate toward all those we so easily write off as “other,” but please don’t disqualify our genuine concern just because it’s so late and so narrow. Don’t make us feel like we’re not righteous enough to care because we’ve been so blind or superficial up till now. Let us love.