Pray for Paris. Pray for Brussels. Pray for Iraq. Pray for Pakistan.
It seems like a national or world tragedy is happening left and right, and happening so quickly that we are unable to emotional process everything as individuals or as a nation. We seem to have become numb to bombings and mass killings. So how should we respond to evil that is so visible and tangible? Love and pray.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. 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, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
- Matthew 5:38-48 ESV
But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also… But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…
As Christians, our response to evil is love. Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” This passage also tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep. So let us weep with Paris. Let us weep with Brussels. Let us weep with Pakistan and Iraq. Let us also respond to evil with good, with love, and with prayer. Take heart and be confident in Christ knowing that he has already overcome the world. The war between good and evil is already over, and good has won. Christ has defeated death and holds the keys to Hades. Prisoners are set free, sinners are forgiven, the worst of the worst are made whole and raised to life in Christ because of his saving act. Let us do everything we can to love God and to love all people.
by Trevor Grindle | Associate Pastor