22 May, 2017
The most recent act of terrorism, callously planting a nail bomb in the Manchester Arena, just outside the concert where there were thousands of innocent concert goers as well as renowned actor and singer, Ariana Grande, who was performing.
Home-made nail bombs are usually quite discreet since they disguise as a pressure cooker. Except rather than filling it with powdery explosives, it is filled with nails. When the bomb detonates, dangerous shrapnels explodes, flying in every direction. Similar to the tragic Boston bombing back in April.
At least 19 people were killed- including an 8 year old girl and a 18 year old adolescent.
As I read the news and articles on this event, it stirred up much emotion. I could feel my heart break into a million pieces. A mixed feeling of anger and sadness overwhelmed me which then led me to question my reaction as a christian. Why would God allow such evil in the world?
How are we, as christians, supposed to react to this terrible news?
Growing up as a christian I have learned that God allows pain to be brought upon people for a reason that our human brains cannot even begin to understand. He even told us that sufferings were to be expected.
As Paul writes, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)
“For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matt 5:45)
God even commands us to love our enemies. (Matt 5:44)
But to love someone who intentionally set off a bomb at a populated area?
First, terrorist acts are often a form of political, religious or ideological action taken to instil fear to the public to achieve their goal. They do not terrorise for the fun of it. These people, though inhuman and disgusting, are not bored and careless. They act with a conscience.
For example, the religiously driven leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said in his sermon,”This is a duty upon the Muslims—a duty that has been lost for centuries … The Muslims sin by losing it, and they must always seek to establish it,” (Lister, CNN)
All the disruption in the world, all those innocent lives lost, all the grieving loved ones, I lament in agony. As I read from the safety of my home about these horrific attacks behind my computer screen, I feel completely useless. Full of hate for the person or group behind these attacks, wishing they would receive twice the amount of torture they put these people through.
However, in a very stark contrast, going back to the bible, we are to love these groups of people by praying for them. By worrying for their souls. Some of these followers are blind and have yet to see the truth because of the propaganda they are taught to believe.
Meanwhile, grief with those who are grieving. The world is an unfair place. But the God of the universe is fair. Judgment will come upon all and God will eradicate all corruption in this world. But as we wait for that moment to come, let us all unite as brothers and sisters, as family and friends, as victims and witnesses, to pray for these groups of terrorists and for the grieving victims, families and friends of such attacks. Much love for everyone. I wish I could fly over to give y’all a big hug but I can’t so here’s a virtual one ❤
– stay strong –