Love's presence—the antidote to terrorism

God's protection is not theoretical or abstract. When we pray, we can expect Him to help us.

There is nothing new about terrorism. In Biblical and somewhat more recent times, warring tribes would descend suddenly on peaceful inhabitants of an area and rob their homes, attack their places of worship, steal their crops and livestock. They would kill the men and perhaps take away their wives and children as slaves or hostages.

Similarly in today's world there are those who seek to bring about political or economic change by the combined use of force and surprise. When such outrages occur, prominent politicians and church leaders rightly condemn the violence. They point out that it will never succeed; police and security forces call for yet more human vigilance; engineers and technicians redouble their efforts to design devices to detect hidden weapons of various types.

In the face of all this it is very tempting for the "ordinary person" to feel that the whole situation is beyond control and that in any case there is nothing he or she can do about it. Nothing? Certainly not!

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The peacemaker
January 14, 1991

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