The Gospel In the Face of Terror

March 24, 2016

 

In the early hours in America on March 22, 2016, bombs ripped through the American Airlines check-in counter and the Maelbeek metro station in Brussels, Belgium. Thirty plus souls were lost and many more lives changed due to the carnage that these bombs left in their wake. We now know that ISIS (a terrorist organization) has claimed responsibility for this wicked deed. As a matter of fact, ISIS is celebrating this slaughter by passing out candy to men and young children in the territories they control.

 

  We cannot forget who we are fighting as Christians. We are not fighting the flesh and blood warriors of ISIS. Paul tells us that the weapons of our warfare are not of flesh and bone. They are not physical, but rather they are spiritual (2 Cor. 10:4). Whether you want to believe it or not, there is a cosmic battle going on in the spiritual world. Satan, our adversary, has twisted and manipulated men and women to do the most dastardly deeds. Our enemy loves to murder innocence wherever and whenever he can. We fight a satanic ideology that does not value life but only values slavery and submission.

 

  People around the globe are asking one question today: Why do we have senseless violence? Why does it feel like the world is coming apart at the seams? The answer is simple: sin is the most destructive force in human history. Sin, if given free reign, ultimately leads to death and destruction. The sinful deeds of evil men have one goal in mind and that is death. Sin left unchecked will utterly and completely destroy everything in its wake. It has been doing so since the fall in the Garden.

 

  For this reason, Christ came. He knew that a sinful worlds' only hope was sickness and death. He knew that your sin would lead to the same. With this in mind, he died a violent death. He agonized for hours under the weight of torture of the most excruciating kind. After all, the Romans were experts in their craft. Yet, Jesus took all of it so that death and sin would not have the final word.

 

   In the hour of grieving for our globe, our hope is that Christ rules, reigns, and makes intercession for us. The dark sin that was committed in Brussels will not be the final word. Death is not the mighty conqueror, Christ is. As we mourn those innocently slaughtered, may we be reminded of our conquering King. In the face of death, destruction, and darkness may we recognize and share with others the profound and real hope we have in him.

 

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