Many of you have heard about what happened in Manchester this week. It is another example of the wickedness of man. Todd Starnes has written a great piece on the danger of Islam, and the willingness of so many to ignore the threat in the name of political correctness. I would encourage you to read it. However, I want to address another side of this event, the Christian response.
When I see wicked and twisted people do evil things it grieves and angers me. I must be intentional about reminding myself of God’s view and the response He desires from me. I must admit, it can be difficult to come to grips with the fact that our fight is not against flesh and blood when I see flesh and blood doing such terrible things. Let’s be honest, this is not an isolated event, there have been 499 attacks with 3306 fatalities so far this year, most, if not all, committed in the name of Islam. As a Christian, I know that the only hope for those being blinded and used by Satan to cause so much destructions is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.[dropshadowbox align=”right” effect=”lifted-bottom-left” width=”225px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Have I done everything I can do, to let them know what Christ has done? [/dropshadowbox]
When I think about what must have went through the mind of that man (the Manchester bomber) when he opened his eyes in eternity, only to find that everything he believed was a lie. When I think about that instant when he realized that he would stand accountable before the one true God, with the blood of so many on his hands. My heart breaks over the terror he must have experienced, and I ask myself THE question. Have I done everything I can do, to let them know what Christ has done?
There is much more at stake than politics and religion, eternity hangs in the balance. Every attack, every death, should act as a reminder of a timeless truth; our opportunity is short, our mission is eternal. Jesus is the only hope for humanity.
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.