How does one respond to the heinous attacks in Brussels? I cannot fathom the hate that fills one’s heart to think that he/she is doing their god’s will by blowing up plane and train travelers? It is simple: These were pure acts of evil, masquerading as something that is good.
It is very tempting to allow emotion to rule ones response. Why not just go and pound them all into dust? I mean, an iron fist could destroy the desire. Right? But lets think for a moment, where did ISIS come from? Some say it is was the war in Iraq. Others blame the rapid pull out of Iraq. Well, whatever your persuasion, ISIS is real, and very much willing to do just about anything to appear strong by committing acts of terror. So what do we do? Well, first lets get the proper perspective.
Listen to these words:
Hate does not come from teaching. Hate does not come from false religions. Hate does not come from acts of war. Nor does it come from failure of leadership. It comes from out of the heart, for the heart is deceitful and beyond cure. Now how about these words:
So if people are blowing themselves up and murdering many others ... what does that say about their heart?
Yes, it is true that teaching and life experiences can encourage hatred. But evil originates in the heart. This is why it is said that we are dead in our sins. The evil in our hearts will lead to death, one way or another. Now, thankfully that does not have to be the final word on the subject.
People need a new heart. A heart that is pure like Christ's. Without a pure heart, there is no hope for removing evil. Yes, as a society wrongful/evil behavior must be punished, but to remove evil from the world, requires a changed heart and soul.
Only God can do that ...
Psalm 51:10 ... "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
Pastor Terry, his wife and family came to Suedberg in 2003. There have great times, good times, and well, not so good times. But through it all God has been good. This blog will share the goodness of God as seen in the midst of the great, the good, and the not so good of our world.