“This is a very difficult topic to take on, in which we have to somehow grasp both the fierce justice of God along with His great mercy.” –Caitlin Bassett; Sophomore (Government), Liberty University
As a Christian I do not find peace wishing for the annihilation of ISIS without first hoping for their salvation. Let me be clear; I am not a pacifist and I genuinely hope that coalition forces swiftly and effectively eliminate the threat of ISIS as they are responsible for crimes against humanity, violating religious freedom and assaulting the sanctity of life. I believe that the actions of ISIS merit a military response which is justified from theological, political and ethical platforms.
“But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.” –Psalm 10:14-15, ESV
The recent executions of Christians in the Middle East are deplorable. I grieve with the Church and with the world over these atrocities.
But I also grieve for ISIS.
Today’s evil merits a dual approach of military action and the spreading of the gospel. These terrorists, and I identify them as terrorists with no hesitation whatsoever, have lived a life so corrupted by sin and overcome by evil that they have missed out on the beauty and peace that is found in Jesus Christ. The same peace that our brothers and sisters felt even during their homecomings.
If we view humanity holistically as image-bearers of God then we should grieve even more so for the ISIS members who died as unbelievers than for those who died as believers. Read more