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CLARITY – 4-22-19 It Knows No Boundaries

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-22-19

It Knows No Boundaries

What’s Happening: “The death toll in a series of seven suicide bombings yesterday in Sri Lanka has reached 290 (injuring 500), the Associated Press reported. Since the bombings (which killed at least 39 Americans) occurred at churches and hotels, and happened on Easter, officials think that it was religiously motivated…and coordinated internationally. Seven members of the radical Muslim group, National Thowfeek Jamaath, were involved, but it was not known yet their motive  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/sri-lankan-officials-radical-domestic-122114907.html).  ‘We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country. There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.’ said Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess that’s one destination I can take off my bucket list.”

Biblical Response:  “I can’t imagine why anyone would have the tiny island nation of Sri Lanka on their bucket list, but I think Americans are generally targeted…the world over. Why? Maybe it’s jealousy…maybe it’s the attention it will get in the media…whatever. Fear knows no boundaries. Am I advocating a fatalist, ‘que sera, sera’ attitude? Hardly! And we should pray for those who lost loved ones (Rom.12:15). But wringing our hands in fear or anxiety is not the answer. That’s just what the terrorists want (1 John 4:18). Sure, we should be vigilant. And, where it makes sense, harden soft targets. But the main thing is not to get so ‘jacked-up’ when these things happen. After all, we all have an appointment with the end…and we are not going a moment before…or after.  If it were not so, He would have told us (Jn.14:2).”

“Christians? When tragedy strikes on Easter (Resurrection Day), we need to realize a religious message was being sent. It was wasted on us (or it should have been). We know where we are going, and regardless of the method we leave, we are received with open arms…the message of Easter should have told us that.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we know our destination is secure, we don’t need to go before our appointed time…nor do we need to be manipulated by fear; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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