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November 18, 2015, 7:15 AM

Terrorism

Last night's small group bible study discussion is still on my mind this morning. I just had to look up scripture to help me either disprove or confirm some statements that were made. We were discussing how we as Christians should be responding to what is taking place in our world following the most recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

First, God, Jesus or Paul never said "Hate the sin, but love the sinner in this context.

What should our response be in the acceptance of the refugees entering our country? How can we say that all Syrians are terrorists? Do we not, have terrorists of many names right here in America?

Here are some scriptures that I found helpful:

Mtthew 5:43-44 ESV “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

We should be praying for these terrorists.

Romans 12:9 ESV

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

We can abhor what is evil, not the person.

Psalm 97:10 ESV "O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked."

It is our Lord who will deliver

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 ESV "If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother."

Here is Pastor Dave's point; we are to "warn him as a brother."

Witness to our brothers, the time of harvest is here.

Romans 12:20-21 ESV "To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

We can accept these refugees, we can overcome the evil by doing good.

Now, your going to say how do we accept them when we fear the one in the many just may be the terrorist that will take American lives?

I say it is for God to avenge; not us.

Romans 12:19 "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. ..."

Are we in end times, we cannot know. But, we can be alert. We must stay faithful to our Lord and Savior. We must witness to others, so that the many can hear of God's grace.

bjz

 

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