Will The Church Prevail? Feeling powerless
Those poor Coptic Christians. All they wanted was a better life. They left Egypt in hope of a better future, and their lives ended tragically. Liberals will remind us that it's not only Christians who are being killed, as if that is suppose to make it better, or help me understand the broader scope of the atrocity. I realize that other religious people have died, but they are not paraded in front of the world. ISIS is making a statement, thumbing their noses at Christians in an attempt to intimidate.
Inside I admire leaders like the King of Jordan and the Egyptian government for taking swift and decisive action against ISIS. I want to cry out to God for that kind of justice and retribution on those who kill innocent men, women, and children needlessly for their radical cause. I want people to pay, and I feel helpless. I don't know what to do. "There will be wars and rumors of wars."
I find it difficult to reconcile, "love your enemy, do good to those who persecute you" with my gut response. How do I forgive and "leave room for the wrath of God"? How do I call for my government to intercede with a sword, while I am to live and die in love? How do I cheer the American bomber, and cry for the lost souls? I justify it by saying they deserved it, while the word of God echoes, "once you were enemies of God, deserving of wrath, and without hope in the world."
I live in the middle of this tension, pulled by my flesh and by the Spirit of God. I rest in the assurance that the Church will prevail, not by weapons of this world, but by the Spirit. I will not fear, because He has cast out fear. I will not despair, because He is our hope. I will not be overcome, because he has overcome the world.
Therefore, I will take action. I will pray for those persecuted, that they may persevere. I will give when I can to ministries who share the gospel with our enemies and care for those who are disenfranchised. I will go and lend my life to the cause of Christ, as God gives opportunity. I will raise my voice in love and not in animosity toward those who are blind. I will start here, in my church, in my community, and in my home. I will teach a better way.
Jesus said the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. ISIS is but the smoke before the flames, and like hell itself it will not prevail. I'm just saying...