How do Christians respond to terrorism?

There have been many horrendous attacks in close succession over the past few months. Such tragedies often cause people to question God’s character.

‘’If God is so good then why are all these bad things happening’’

’’ Where is your God?’’

‘’What can prayer do?’’  

Even as Christians we can begin to question God when we turn on the news and see all the awful reports.

It is important for us to remember that God is good regardless of what happens. The fact that there is evil in the world does not make him evil.

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1 John 1:5:

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

During these times we may feel as though God has abandoned us or that he is not listening to our prayers. But it is not about what we feel, it is about what we know.

The Lord says:

“I will never fail you.
    I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

 

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We have to stand in the word of God.

Numbers 23:19

19 God is not a man, so he does not lie.
    He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
    Has he ever promised and not carried it through?

 

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The Israelites suffered in Egypt for 430 years before they were set free. By the time Moses got to them they were fed up and tired of waiting.

Exodus 6: 6-9

“Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God who has freed you from your oppression in Egypt. I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will give it to you as your very own possession. I am the Lord!’”

So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.

They had suffered so much that word of God did not mean anything to them anymore. But the Lord did not forsake them, he held onto his promises.

 

Exodus 2:23-25

23 Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.

God came through on his word and delivered the Israelites from Egypt.

With so many tragic events occurring in close succession it is extremely difficult to trust God. This may sound cliché but we need to have faith. The faith card may seem played out at times but it is all we have.

‘’ Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see’’. (Hebrews 11:1).

Revelation 21:1-4; 7-8

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.

“But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

It is important for us to remember that we are temporary citizens on earth. What we are witnessing now is not the end. Although it seems as though God is ‘sleeping’, he is very much alive and kicking and he will have the final say. God does not operate on our time scale. We can’t understand why God is sitting back and allowing all these terrible things to happen. But that is where we go wrong. The human mind cannot conceive the mind of God. This is why scripture tells us not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

 

Written by Bernie. xx

 

 

 

 

 

2 Peter 3:8-10

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.

We need to hold onto the confident hope we have in the Lord and his promises and trust that his plans shall come to pass.

‘’ His faithful promises are your armour and protection‘’.
–Psalms 91:4–

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