Our Father, Who art in heaven…May your Kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
It is no doubt that many of you have been keeping up with the news: Paris has been attacked and the worlds leaders have come out, declaring intent and aggression. It is hard to blame them. Did not we react the same way after 9/11?
We live in a post-9/11 world, and the themes of love and peace are increasingly hard to come by. May we stand with all of the victims and the innocent Muslims.
I’ve included a thought from my friend Sam’s blog (www.samandsam.org):
“No doubt over the weeks ahead we will hear many talking about these terrorist attacks. During this commentary, we’ll see the phrase “Islamic extremists” thrown around a lot and if we are not careful we can fall into the enemy’s trap of associating an entire people group with the few who carry out these heinous attacks. This will surely lead to two options: we either avoid any contact with anyone who fits our mental picture of a terrorist, thus ruining our chances of leading them into the kingdom, or worse, we’ll vocally put them down and cry out for “justice”. It is important to note that justice in the flesh is nothing more than reciprocal violence, which does little to end the cycle of pain. The kind of justice that we as followers of Jesus are called to represent is a justice that recycles violence into forgiveness, reconciliation and peace. Let us not fall prey to the enemy’s scheme. Let’s not give into fear and hate, but let’s be ministers of reconciliation who offer divine peace in times of pain and tragedy. Love always wins.”
Paris, we love you.