The recent terror attacks in Paris, as well as the downing of a Russian airliner and a massacre in Lebanon, has left the world shocked and fearful over where these wicked men will strike next. It’s as if they are waging war against the whole world. Debates abound over when/where the next strikes may occur, whether or not terrorists might enbed themselves among refugees, and what should be the proper steps forward to combat this rapidly spreading evil across the globe. There are no easy answers.
As a Christ-follower, I am torn between the desire to see these hate-driven mad men (and women) brought to swift justice and destruction, and the command to “love your enemies, pray for those who spitefully abuse you” as Jesus instructed. It seems as if all the hatred and violence in the world stems from one particular religion. However, I know of many in Islam who loathe the destruction as much as I do. I struggle to reconcile all this in my heart.
In the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, specifically “The Two Towers”, near the end of the battle for Helms Deep, King Theoden’s remaining forces have retreated to the Keep. When all seems lost, Theoden asks, “So much hate. What can men do against such reckless hate?” Aragorn looks up to the dawn’s light coming through a window, remembers Gandalf’s promise to look to the east that morning for his return, and proclaims, “Ride out with me. Ride out and meet them.” His trust in Gandalf’s promise gave him renewed courage, which in turn renewed the king’s courage. And in the end, the battle was theirs.
With all the darkness spreading across the world, and with it fear, I find hope in my Savior, Jesus Christ. He came that we might have abundant life, here and in eternity, and that trust gives me courage to live each day- to honor my Lord, to love others in His name, to anticipate a terror and evil-free eternity one day.
“Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
I choose trust over terror.