The world received terrible news out of Christchurch, New Zealand today. There has been more violence against people of faith and the families and the country need our prayers. Christchurch is normally a peaceful and idyllic place to live and vacation. It is a sobering reminder that this hatred and evil can appear anywhere. I lift these families up to the Lord and I ask Him to bring healing and spread revival through this fallen world.
I have several Muslims that follow my blog. I want you to know that I hurt with you and my heart and prayers are with the families who are suffering such pain and anguish. Just like all the victims of these mass shootings, they did not deserve this. I am a Christian and an American and this violence grieves my heart.
This violence comes from the evil one. It doesn’t matter if the evil person committing the attack is attacking a church, a synagogue, or a mosque, such attacks are all from the evil one. I pray this violence stops! We are not ever going to agree on our faith, but we can strive to live in peace with each other.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Some may say this attack is revenge for all the terrorist attacks Muslims have committed in the Western world. I say no more! No more attacks like this from any faith no matter what it is! God is the judge and He will avenge. If you have a disagreement regarding politics or religion and you are mad enough to hurt people, then please take a moment to look at your heart and back away from that anger. It will only lead to evil, which will bring great suffering to you and those you hurt.
“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”
As a Christian American I have many disagreements with Muslims. Yes, it makes me angry when I see Imams saying that Muslims will take over America. Yes, it makes me angry when Muslims attack and kill my people in the streets. However, I do not wish you harm. I pray for you in Christ. I love you in Christ. Revenge and violence are not the answer. May the Lord spread His peace and healing through this world.
Grace and peace to you all.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus speaking in John 3:16