Evil is everywhere, especially in our hearts.
From there, dark actions erupt nearer to home and further abroad. In the minds of some, the latter has been grinding away in the background only to be faced with it more urgently when it breaks into a more familiar culture. Such is the case with recent events in Paris.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this has happened, even in that very city. Unfortunately, it may not be the last. Yet shock is still expressed by Western leaders – the fact they are shocked is what’s shocking.
Ultimately, we are faced with what to do about this. For some, this is an every day reality which they face with great grace and courage. In the end however, we fight not against flesh and blood and it is this insight which helps us see where the real fight is. Pray that our leaders do too.
On this earth, we have always lived with evil but it has never gone unanswered. Ours is a message of hope – share it.
“…the spread of jihadist violence shows that Satan is threatened by the advance of the gospel. Radical Islam has arisen at a time when more Muslims have come to Christ than ever before in Islamic history. And Paris has been attacked at a time when the church in France is experiencing a remarkable resurgence. Friends of mine who work with European Christian movements say a genuine revival is at work in this secular nation.
So expect the enemy of God to attack the children of God, and refuse to be afraid. Jesus warned us, “In the world you will have tribulation.” Then he called us to “take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Know that “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). And your joyful courage will be your witness to a frightened world.
Hours after the attacks in France, Parisians came outside bearing signs that proclaimed, “We are not afraid.” Let us join them.”
We are at war: 2 Lessons from the Paris Massacre, Jim Denison