“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
These last two weeks we have seen horrific terrorist attacks in central France and Mali. This misguided evil shocks us. I can’t imagine the memories etched into the minds of the survivors, those who were at the concert or hotel or restaurant and were blessed to keep their life. They will never be the same.
Have you ever wondered if these types of attacks will become more common in North America? I think they might. That certainly is the agenda of the perpetrators.
As North American Christians, how should we respond. Let me offer a couple suggestions.
1. Pray for the terrorists
The Apostle Paul was once a terrorist. He sought out Christians to kill them for their faith. But it was Jesus who appeared to Him. Saul became Paul. He was humbled and used by God like few others. A man opposed to Christ became arguably the most passionate pastor and leader of the Christian faith. May Jesus appear to the terrorists!
2. Be not afraid
Over and over and over again the Bible tells us not to be afraid. From Genesis to Revelation. From Abraham to the Apostle John. God’s children are not to live in fear. Of course this comes from being secure in Christ, being forgiven, and having the issue of eternity settled in our hearts and minds.
One of the reasons, however, we find these words occurring many times in the pages of the Bible is because we do fear. So God tells us …..
3. Be active in sharing our faith.
The battle against terror will not be won by the politicians and military strategists. Oh, I am sure they will do a fair job of stemming the tide by bombing ISIS headquarters and uncovering would-be attacks. But the real battle is a battle, not of ideologies, but of the souls of men and women.
What if you know a terrorist? What if that person that lives on your street or works down the hall from you is plotting a terrorist attack? I know, it sounds far-fetched. But everyone needs Jesus. And you never know the impact of a friendly conversation or an invitation to church.
You might just be used by God to save more than one person’s soul.