On Tuesday of this week, while the United States remembered the attacks of September 11th, 2001, we were being attacked again across the globe in the Middle East. Were the attacks just simply a result of protesting, or were they truly terrorist attacks?
Apparently, the U.S. government believes that in Lybia, it might have been a planned attack. You can read a story about it here.
Riots have continued all week and at the moment the University of Texas at Austin is being evacuated because of a bomb threat. Let’s believe God that the threat is not real and that people remain safe.
First of all, our hearts and prayers should be with those who were killed, injured, and affected by these attacks. It seems to be the case that protests have been spreading beyond the initial locations in Egypt and Lybia. We need to pray that these protests don’t result in any more loss of life or damage to people or property.
Second, we need to understand that as a country, it is important for us to defend ourselves and to find the perpetrators of these crimes, delivering justice to them as needed. Every country has a right to defend themselves, and the United States is no exception. Justice is a necessary tool, which is totally Biblical. For a good post about the need for justice, read John Piper’s “Life Is Cheap in Norway: C. S. Lewis on the Sentence of Anders Breivik”.
Third, we as Christians need to be directed by the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to understand that a whole group of people does not need to be condemned because of the actions of a few. We also need to understand that while justice is important, only grace and mercy can actually change the world around us. So, in the midst of a world filled with people who attack (whether it be the extreme of an attack on a nation, or a simple character attack on us personally by someone else), we need to be agents of grace and mercy.
2 Corinthians 4:15b states, “And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.”
God’s glory is manifested as more people are reached as a result of His grace.
Lastly, I am reminded of the fact that the answer to the world’s problems can not be found in politics, government intervention, a country’s defenses, or any other structure that is manmade. The answer to the world’s problems is Jesus.
Let’s cry out to Jesus to save the world we live in, then let’s live our lives as a testimony to His powerful grace, love and mercy. Then, and only then, will things begin to change.