Three More Ways to Counter Terror

This week I am thinking about how Christians should respond to terrorism.

The first post in this series, How to Resist Terror  and Counter Terror Operation: Courageous Love contrasted fearful responses with faithful ones. Today I wrap up with three more ways Christians can counteract terror.

Counter Terror Strategy # 2: Counter terror by choosing to include every person created in the image of God as one of “us.”

 us vs. them

Evil wins when the world is divided into Us and Them.

God doesn’t divide the world according to ethnicity, socio-economic status, political borders, or sex. God does not have light skin or carry a United States passport.

The apostle Paul said, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 (NIV)

I can’t justify acting as if some human lives have value because they fit into some category of “us” and maintaining indifference to the suffering of others because they are different, somehow “them”?  I would rather be soft-hearted, and courageous, than allow terror to win by making me into something monstrous, a person who is wily but hard-hearted.

 

Counter Terror Strategy # 3: Counter terror by resisting evil.

 

We must not forget who we battle. The danger does not really come from other people. The real war is against a spiritual enemy, the powers of this dark world.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. “

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

Evil wins when we fight the wrong enemy.

 

 

Many people, especially young men and women, have been taken captive by our true enemy. They are slaves to evil. Sometimes our resistance my take the form of resisting the evil intentions of such people, but we must never forget the identify of our true enemy.

Counter Terror Strategy # 4: Counter terror by creating space and resources.

 

The lie goes like this: basic resources: food, clean drinking water, shelter, and safety are finite resources. I must have enough for myself and the people I love. This means that other people won’t have enough but that is not my problem.

Evil wins when we believe the lie of scarcity.

 abundance

An abundance mentality trusts an unlimited God. People of true faith believe that God equips and empowers us. We can grow and build, filling empty spaces and empty stomachs. Like the widow’s jar that stayed full throughout a time of famine and drought, we counter terror when we resolve to share, looking to God to supply our needs. (See I Kings 17)

Today I am resolving to join the counter terror force. I will not allow terror to win by changing me into something less than he created me to be. Instead I will counter evil with good.

One way to counter terror is to empower people to creatively use the talents and resources God gave them. Check out Get Hope Global, and Poverty Cure to learn more about how you can counter terror in this way.

 

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