DEALING WITH TERROR[ISM]
2 Tim. 1:7
God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment.
I remember distinctly the day I heard the news that a “terror” plot to blow up multiple planes on their way to the US had been stopped. How do you think Christians should respond to this sort of thing? Should we quit traveling? Should we huddle in our basements or closets with our families? How can anyone be anything but terrorized in the face of such aggression?
Well, that is what the enemies of the West and, let’s be honest about it, the enemies of Christ want. They want us to be paralyzed by fear. They want us to be too fearful to go anywhere or do anything. I think the urgency of the situation should change our outlook; it should make us more serious and more resolute. It must not, however, make us more fearful. I believe it should make us more vigilant. We need to keep our eyes and ears open and we need to be mindful of what is going on around us. At the same time, it should make us more grateful. It should remind us that we are in the hands of an almighty sovereign God who loves us and cares for us. Yes, an enemy may figure out a way to take our earthly lives, but he can do nothing about our eternal condition. Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and no one on this earth will ever be able to change that! We are safe and secure in the palm of God’s hand. In 1 Pet. 3:14 the apostle put it this way: “Even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”
And I think that the activities of the terrorists should make us more diligent in fulfilling the mission of Christ. They should motivate us focus more intently on the urgent need to share the gospel. Christians have received the Holy Spirit who sets us free from our fears. However, that may not be true of our children or our friends or our neighbors. Can you imagine facing mortal danger without the hope of eternal life, without the encouragement and guidance of the Spirit of God, and without the forgiveness and acceptance that is ours through Christ Jesus? They need to hear the comforting life-changing message of the Gospel.
So friends, we mustn’t be paralyzed by terrorist activities in our midst, instead we must be motivated by them. The message of faith is greater than fear.
--- Pastor Keith Andrews