The recent massacres that took place inside of two Christian churches in Egypt by Muslim suicide bombers killed at least 49 worshipers and injured another 78. This attack in Egypt was actually an attack against all Christians. These humble Christians had peaceably gathered to pray and we’re mercilessly massacred.
This was a religiously motivated attack by Muslims who targeted Christians. The attack wasn’t against Egyptians and their infrastructure, the attack was against the followers of Jesus and their houses of worship. And what was the crime that these Christians committed that merited death? These Christians were targeted because they had not converted to Islam, therefore they had to die – all in the name of Allah.
The bombing of houses of worship, regardless of which religious faith they practice, is something that cannot be tolerated. Goverments must protect its citizens by eliminating these blood-thirsty killers of innocent worshippers. And when leaders neglect to take steps to aggressively eliminate these threats they become complicit in the deaths that result from all these attacks.
God has ordained and commanded those in positions of civil authority with the duty of protecting all people against evil:
“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Romans 13:3, 4.
We want to blame God for these tragedies when the moral failure lies squarely on politicians who fail to protect us. Goverment leaders need to understand that there is a “Holy War” being waged by differnt Muslim groups like ISIS. These massacres are leading to genocide against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.
And instead of politicizing these attacks, which only fuels more attacks against Christians, our leaders need to follow through on their God-given duties and do their job.
We cannot ask God to do what He has ordained man to do. This lack of protection and safeguards is a moral failure on our part.
“And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” Isaiah 59:14.
World leaders have to come together not just to condemn these terrorist acts, but to actually fight against terrorism everywhere. The heinous acts of church bombings should be a tragedy shared by all of humanity.