Over the last couple of days I have watched the world respond to the events of Friday and, while much of it has been beautiful support, I have also seen some discouraging responses.
While the hashtag #prayforparis has been trending more than any I have ever seen, I’ve seen much more anger than prayer. Friends, this should not be our response. Yes, we should be angry about the presence of sin and destruction in this world. But we should not lash out in that anger. I have seen some comments from several people saying we should bomb the Middle East, blaming Muslim people at large for these tragedies.
This is wrong.
Do not let your anger devolve into racism. Yes, the people involved in these horrid acts may have been Muslim. Does that mean every single Muslim was involved? By no means! Does that mean every Muslim agrees with and supports these actions? Most definitely not!
So, in the wake of these events, be mindful of your words. There are many Middle Eastern people living in America. Let your words and actions be kind. These are not the ones who committed the crimes; do not punish them. Rather, put action to your beliefs and show them the love of the Christ you claim–the One who died for you while you were actively rebelling against Him. Let this time be remembered as a rising up of the Church, an outpouring of love, a people transformed by prayer, not simply a time when everyone promised to pray for Paris.
“With it [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” James 3:9-10 ESV