A Christian Response to Terrorism

The recent Boston Marathon bombing on Patriots day awakened old memories of those who would wage jihad on American soil in the name of Allah.   Americans were repulsed by such an outrageous act of terror on Monday against innocent bystanders who were enjoying the 117th annual Marathon along with citizens worldwide both participating and watching from Hopkinton all the way to the heart of Boston.  Pure evil was personified Thursday night after the FBI posted low resolution photographs of the two terrorists.  The FBI made the following public plea:

“For clarity, these images should be the only ones—the only ones—that the public should view to assist us. Other photos should not be deemed credible and unnecessarily divert the public’s attention in the wrong direction and create undue work for vital law enforcement resources.”

It was quite evident that this FBI bulletin was enough to put the two Marathon bombers on the run.  This set in motion a murderous and brief crime spree which resulted in a violent confrontation with local police authorities.  By Friday morning it was evident that one of the bombers had vanished amidst the ensuing chaos.  Watertown and the surrounding Boston communities went into lockdown mode and all vital transportation came to a standstill.  The residents of Watertown patiently waited throughout the day behind locked doors while armed officers swarmed over a 20 block city grid in a well orchestrated and respectful door to door search.   As sunset approached after a full day of fruitless searching the authorities were forced to call off the search.  A public announcement detailed the disappointing news that the 1000 strong armed professional law enforcement search team had failed to locate the suspect.  The officials politely asked for the public cooperation to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.  Almost immediately afterward there was a restless stir in the air almost as if the finger of God was demanding justice for the Boston bombing victims.  The armed officers converged on a particular house in Watertown, just one block outside the search zone, after a homeowner reported seeing a bloodied person concealed inside his large prized boat stored in his backyard.    A collective sigh of relief went up from the whole community and surrounding communities as the authorities subdued the suspect.  Afterwards the people of Watertown celebrated into the night thanking all of the law enforcement officials who had labored bravely on their behalf over the past two days.

ROLE OF GOVERNING AUTHORITIES

The Bible clearly teaches that it is the role of governing authorities to avenge evil.  God has established them for this very purpose.  Christians are called to live a quiet and peaceful life and to submit to these governing authorities.

Ro 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Ro 13:2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

Ro 13:3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.

Ro 13:4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

Ro 13:5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

Ro 13:6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.

Ro 13:7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

 
DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDER

God has ordained that those who intentionally shed blood are worthy of death themselves.

Ge 9:5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow-man.

Ge 9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.
Ex 21:12 “Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.

Ex 21:13 However, if he does not do it intentionally, but God lets it happen, he is to flee to a place I will designate.

Ex 21:14 But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death.

 
GOSPEL OF PEACE

Christians who understand the role of governing authorities and the need for justice are fully enabled to meekly spread the gospel of Christ. This frees us from the conflict of preparing to pounce on our enemies with lethal force such as keeping a gun at home just in case.  When we as non-uniformed Christian citizens arm ourselves in this way we only short-circuit the role of governing authorities and confuse the message of the gospel of peace which Jesus commanded us to proclaim to the world by following in the humble example our Lord and Savior gave to us.  When we purposefully disarm ourselves we demonstrate that we actually live by faith in the power of God to avenge evil through governing authorities already established for our benefit and protection. This frees us as Christians to spend our energies instead on advancing the gospel of peace.  It allows us to love and pray for our enemies in a non-threatening manner.  It enables us to help rescue those whose lives are bound by Satan.

Mt 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mt 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Mt 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Mt 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Mt 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Mt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God.

Mt 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called sons of God.

Mt 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mt 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

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