I have heard on “talk radio” that whether we choose to admit it or not, the most recent terror events in Paris (coupled by so many others this year) should remind us that World War III has begun. I have heard the expected rhetoric. There is so much I do not know or understand. And I am not going to insult your intelligence by reminding you that it is not the majority of those who are Muslims who are engaged in such acts of barbaric cruelty any more than the majority of Italians are connected to organized crime. In our culture, the people who kill dominate the headlines.
This is not a political reflection. I am (I hope) a man of God who takes my master’s words very seriously (as difficult as they are): that we must love our enemies and be prepared to do good to those who harm or persecute us. This is a mark of discipleship. His “kingdom” is not of this world and neither is ours. I have no easy answers; I ask you – each night – please put the condition of our now terror-torn world at the heart of your prayers. Please pray for peace:
Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right
judgements, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that
peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be
fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered
from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness;
through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.