This is evil.
Day 13 of Ramadan — 73 attacks in the name of Islam and 809 killed.
We need leaders who call out evil for what it is.
We have an enemy. He has an army at his disposal. He wants to destroy and kill us.
We need leaders, who understanding the evil in the world, do something about it.
I’m here on behalf of the president as a tangible sign of his commitment to defending Christians and, frankly, all who suffer for their beliefs across the wider world,” Vice President Mike Pence said at the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington, D.C., last week.There the vice president acknowledged something that the previous administration, after some pressure, also recognized: some of the evil of religious persecution in the world today. Former secretary of state John Kerry would ultimately use the word “genocide” to call out the ongoing threat that the so-called Islamic State posed to Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
Recent events around the world, including here in the U. S., are proving the difficulty of properly assessing who will love us and evil people who want to kill us.
Jesus challenges us to “Stay alert. This is hazardous work I’m assigning you. You’re going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don’t call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove.” (Matthew 10:16)
Let us pray for wisdom as evil doers assault us.
Whatever the case, it’s true that most refugees are fleeing genuine and horrifying violence. But it is also true that many refugees bring with them — through their culture, ideology, and faith — the same conditions that bred the violence in the first place. It has nothing to do with what immigrants “look” like or how many superb and moral Muslims there are in the world (because there are many) and everything to do with what these refugees believe.
Source: The Crisis Is Islam
There is a stand we need to take. The stand is with God’s people. It is a choice of life. We can’t chase after the phantom of moral relativism. There are issues of good and evil. We must know the difference. We must insist on integrity.
Take your stand with God’s loyal community and live, or chase after phantoms of evil and die. God can’t stand deceivers, but oh how he relishes integrity. Count on this: The wicked won’t get off scot-free, and God’s loyal people will triumph.Proverbs 11:19-21 The Message (MSG)
We must seek wisdom. We need moral courage in our country. There is a lot at stake.
“But what is the true nature of that crisis? Is it a fiscal crisis? A security crisis? A constitutional crisis? It’s all of these, but so much more. “The crisis in which the United States of America currently finds itself enmeshed is a moral crisis, which has engendered a crisis of cultural confidence, which in turn has begotten a fiscal crisis that threatens—no, guarantees—the destruction of the nation should we fail to address it,”
How little life is valued in our culture today. We are stooping to the level of ISIS by videoing our horrific acts. And yet, Jesus challenges us to love our enemies. Jesus challenges us to forgive. Recently, the people in Charleston showed us all the way to act in the aftermath of horrific evil.
We seek to blame this on the guns or mental illness. The cause isn’t as much the issue as what is our reaction? Will we love? Will we forgive?
It is unpopular to say this, and it is a deeply unsatisfying message for a society steeped in self-absorption and instant gratification. How do you ask a generation that leaves negative Yelp reviews for slow service at Burger King to wait a lifetime, or a century, or forever, for the perfected eschaton? How do you tell a generation accustomed to participation trophies that life is suffering? Even among people of faith, how do you communicate to the recipients of therapeutic Christianity that the probable fate of every single Apostle was martyrdom? How do you tell Americans in particular, inheritors of a national narrative of onward-and-upward, that the Founders they typically ignore were right: the struggle for liberty is endless, renewed with every generation, and primarily a struggle against one’s own self?
A selfie-murder is the ultimate expression of a man who will not be told any of those things, and the frightening thing is that he is not the exception. There is a choice to be made between Post-Charleston forgiveness versus post-Charleston anger, a choice that we have to make over and over and over again. The choice to forgive is tremendously difficult — to hear, and to do. And that is why this thing today will happen again and again.