Reaction to Paris Attacks
The World has experienced another tragedy in the attacks upon France on November 13, 2015. From a Christian Politician point of view; these attacks are going to be a major marker in history. In just a few years we are going to look back at this day in a similar way as to the events of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination (catalyst to World War I), the attack on Pearl Harbor (America’s entry into World War II), and the terrorist attacks of 9-11 (ongoing Global War on Terror). This attack by ISIS on France is going to prove as a watershed moment. This begs the question, what are all Christians, not just politicians, to do?
FIRST AND FOREMOST!!! As Christians and a Church, our first duty is to the people and families affected by this evil act. There are Christian organizations who are responding as you read; pray for and support these feet in action. They are taking the love and compassion of Jesus into the circumstance and we need to pray for their spiritual and physical protection but more importantly their spiritual success.
Christians, anywhere and everywhere, need to be ready with a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a loving word to speak. People will want to grieve, vent, and find hope. The standard questions of “Where was God in this?” and “How can a loving God allow such things to happen?” will come. We must be ready to be there, to listen, to comfort, and to lovingly answer these questions. Most importantly we are to point the way to hope. Those without Jesus Christ are without hope. At times like this people want to blame anybody but the people who actually did the evil act. So they turn their attention to God; often the God whom they deny, reject, or ignore at other times. This gives us a unique opportunity to share the truth about our Lord and to share with them the hope that only comes through Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection.
Initial responses are often high on emotion, high in rhetoric, and generally low on reason and long-term wisdom. The Christian Politian possess something that non-Christians do not. We possess the assuredness that comes by salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. This assuredness allows us to respond in a way those without the same hope cannot…with confidence and calmness. Christians needs to be the calm voice of reason during times of high emotion. The Bible is full of examples of mob mentality that cause smart people to act in unwise ways. On example of this behavior is found in Exodus 32 where the people demand a Golden Calf to worship literally days after committing their lives to God Himself. The most tragic example surrounds Jesus’s execution where the same people who praise him as King had within days turned into the mob calling for his death
Lastly, Christian Politicians (and all Christians) need to be aware of a unique threat that exists today that has never existed within our country before; the complete loss of religious freedom. Religious freedom has been under attack as never before from since the founding of our country until today. If you have not kept up to speed, then I encourage you to review the headlines from Todd Starnes to get an idea.
Policies and societal conditions have been set into place to drive Christianity out of nearly every facet of public life. Islam and Muslims have actually been a protection to religious freedom in this country. The same policy makers that are driving Christ out of public life have defended Muslim worship and religious freedom. This has protected the Christian Church. However, those policy makers trying to drive Christ out of public life will only tolerate so much in the name of political correctness. The attacks in France, and an emotional response to these attacks, could end this protection. Christians must watch and defend religious freedom. We must ensure that policy and laws do not further prohibit the free exercise of religion—all religions.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV