Christian Response to Terrorism
"Sanctify the LORD of Hosts Himself; and let Him be your Fear, and let Him be your Dread" (Isaiah 8:13).
by Tom Stewart
Jesus Christ, Who is the "Head of the Church" and the "Saviour of the Body" (Ephesians 5:23), has revealed Himself to be the Protector of His Sheep, and His unity with the Father is such that those who truly "sanctify the LORD of Hosts" as their "Fear" and "Dread" (Isaiah 8:13), give that same homage and worship to the Son.
"11 I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His Life for the sheep... 28 And I give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. 29 My Father, which gave them Me, is Greater Than All; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.
30 I and My Father are One" (John 10:11, 28-30). How does this relate to the Christian response to terrorism? The dictionary defines terrorism as the "unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons." Christ Jesus is the confidence of His Church, for He has secured Peace for His people, giving us the assurance that we need not be afraid of the terror, force, violence, intimidation, coercion , or death of this world. "Peace I leave with you,
My Peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid... These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have Peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 14:27; 16:33). The True Saints are unable to keep themselves in any condition of Unterrorized Peace, but rather commend the "keeping of their souls to Him [Christ] in well doing, as unto a Faithful Creator" (1Peter 4:19).Confidence in Christ, therefore, is the Christian's chief weapon in the conflict with the terrorism of the world. "For we are made partakers of Christ, IF we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end" (Hebrews 3:14). "And now, Little Children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His Coming" (1John 2:28).