On Friday evening, in less than one hour, Islamic terrorist conducted a series of coordinated attacks on six targets in Paris killing more than 130 defenseless people and injuring hundreds more. The world watched in horror over TV and the Internet as the reports were broadcast that seven suicide bombers slaughtered people eating in restaurants, attending a concert, and at an outside sporting event. The radical Islamic group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
So, how should followers of Christ respond to ruthless attacks such as these?
- Pray for the families and loved ones of all the victims who were murdered and those who are recovering from physical and mental injury.
- Recognize the real enemy. Ephesians 6:12 reveals, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
- Fight the real enemy. The verses after revealing the real enemy address how to resist this unseen enemy. “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm . . . having girded your loins with truth, and put on the breastplate of righteousness, having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace . . . taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13-17). Think about this passage! How do we fight? We practice truth, righteousness, share the gospel of Jesus, faith, recognize our salvation and use the word of God.
- Pray for the terrorists. Consider this. The terrorist causing the greatest amount of damage to the cause of Christ after Jesus was resurrected was a fanatical Jewish Pharisee named Saul. Jesus powerfully revealed Himself to Saul, and he became the apostle Paul – the most influential follower of the Lord in the first century.
May the chaotic times in which we live find us faithful to spending our money and make our lives count for eternity.