My King On Terror

On my way to the radio station this morning the conservative talk show host I was listening to was interrupted by the news of terrorist attacks in London.  After my time in the studio I turned the radio back on in time to hear another talk show host interviewing a British journalist who witnessed one of the horrific explosions.

The radio pundit was encouraging the people of London to get angry and kill their enemies.  He admitted that his response was immature and that his anger had overwhelmed him but continued to call for the deaths of the terrorists who were “waging a war on American values and religion.” He went as far as asking those in London to splash suspected terrorists with pig blood, knowing that a Muslim who comes in contact with the unclean fluids of the animal is damned to hell according to the teachings of their faith.

genImageI feel today the way I felt years ago sitting on a tour bus on the way to Wichita Falls.  The TV screen doused our brains in replays of hostilities against the citizens of New York continuously, foaming my sorrow and shock into rage and bloodlust.  And as I swung from mourner to mercenary that September day I now realize the momentum swept me farther from the kingdom of God and closer to the ghetto of man.  I realize now, regrettably, how little of my passion was expressed in or founded upon God’s words or His Son’s example.

So, once again I watch the enemies of life snuff out a handful of strangers I’m oddly bound to and missing.  And once again my heart slouches, my face falls and my fist forms.  But this time instead of patriotic rhetoric or holy war rally cries I’m taking care to listen most intently to the eternal, sustaining and true declarations of my King in hopes of being better anchored in this latest sea of emotion and press pounding.  The words of the bible, especially those of Jesus, He and His people having lived so long ago under the thumb of terror with no physical freedom in sight, are my greatest comfort in the shadow of terror today.  I hope they ease your anger and sorrow as well and help us to think like Christians more than Americans:

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. “A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.

Matthew 10:21-24

Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 5:39

When they hurled insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered he made no threats. Instead he entrusted himself to he who judges justly.

1Peter 2:23

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Luke 6:27-28

If you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you?  Even “sinners” do that.

Luke 6:27-28

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Matthew 5:44

Love your enemies, do good to them.  Then your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Luke 6:27-28

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:21

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

Proverbs 25:21

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath.

Romans 12:19

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.

Romans 12:17

All who draw the sword will die by the sword.

Matthew 26:52

Forgive them, they know not what they do.

Matthew 26:52