What can we learn about terrorism or terrorists from the Bible? What verses can you think of?
God Will Avenge All Wrongs
If we really trust God, we can wait on Him to execute perfect justice in the end. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t fight terrorism and the terrorists, but we can be certain that God will avenge all who do evil in time, which is basically what Paul wrote in Romans 12:19-21: “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Paul teaches the same things that Jesus did, that we are to pray for our enemies and do good to them where it is possible. Jesus even said to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt 5:44), but leave vengeance to God.
Justice Is Coming
God will judge all people of all nations. As Isaiah writes, “He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4). Peace is coming but not until God judges those who have never repented or trusted in Christ.
Everyone Will Be Held Accountable
Jesus said, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt 12:36-37). Now if every one of us will be held accountable for every single word we speak on the Day of Judgment, how much more so will everyone be held accountable for their actions? Certainly, all terrorists will have to stand before God someday to give an account, and I don’t want to be them on that day.
The psalmist knew a lot about fleeing from death, as David ran for his life for many years from the hand of King Saul, and he wrote, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked” (Psalm 91:7-8). In fact, if you read all of Psalm 91, it says things like God is our refuge Whom we can trust (Psalm 91:2), our shelter is the Most High (Psalm 91:1), we need not “fear the terror of the night” (Psalm 91:5), so trust in God and fear not what man, including terrorists, can do.
The Peace of God
Those who have been saved have the peace of God already (Rom 5:1), but when Jesus was about to leave the disciples, die for the sins of the world, and then go the heaven, He said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). There is a lot of tribulation in the world, just about every place you look, and it is only getting worse, but Jesus promised that “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb 13:5). Since there is no condemnation anymore for those who are in Christ (Rom 8:1), we need not fear “death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation” (Rom 8:38-39a). That covers about everything.
If you are a child of God, you must have faith in God to avenge all evil-doers, that justice will eventually prevail, that all terrorists will stand before God and be judged righteously, and that God will not leave us defenseless. This should give us all the peace by which we can pillow our heads tonight.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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