In recent days there have been multiple terror attacks across the world. Some here at home, particularly in Orlando and Paris, have been gruesome. So what is the church’s response to this violence?
First of all, we must recognize that we will never have all the answers. God does; we do not. It is our questioning that brings us to the feet of Jesus. In our weakness, He is our strength. It’s alright to be confused, wondering why this has happened. We just have to know Jesus is our answer, and having the knowledge that He understands what we are going through gives us peace in the midst of the storm.
Secondly, we must respond in love. Christ said that we would be known by our love. We mourn with those who mourn; weep with those who weep. We don’t judge; we don’t assume; we don’t criticize. Rather, we love, we serve, we donate blood. We know exactly what Christ would do in this situation. His every action would be motivated by His love.
Terror is never combated with hate, only with love. It is always wise to operate in the opposite spirit than that which has been presented. This doesn’t mean that we have to agree with the beliefs or worldviews of others, it simply means we are to walk in love. As Paul said so eloquently in I Corinthians 13, “Without love I am nothing.”
If our lives are to count, we must choose to walk in love. Love does not equal tolerance of sin, whether acts of terror or lifestyle choices. Love is the person of Jesus reflected in our everyday choices in how we respond to others.