|World leaders head the march in Paris|
It has been somewhat encouraging to see Muslims begin to speak out against the monstrous acts of barbarians who claim to represent the faith of Islam. I applaud the leaders of Hezbollah and Hamas -- both designated terrorist groups by the U.S. State Department -- for condemning the actions of the Paris, France murderers. Other Muslim religious leaders have also called the killings over the last few days a "heinous crime", and "reprehensible and ugly and violent and inhuman and brutal practices … [which] have insulted the messenger of Allah and the religion of Allah and the prophets and the book of Allah and the nation of the Muslims more than his enemies insulted him."
It was heartwarming to see an estimated 1 million-plus people in the streets of Paris, marching arm-in-arm, in solidarity against terrorism. The leaders of Western nations, along with Muslim countries, and the Prime Minister of Israel, led the march through the streets of Paris. Conspicuously absent was any important representative of the United States, and I suspect that will make headlines for days or weeks to come.
But it was the common man who made the largest statement by their presence. As reported by Reuters, "Some commentators said the last street presence in the capital on this scale was at the Liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany in 1944." It is eerie to consider that this connection was made, considering that one of the attacks was directed at a Jewish Kosher market in the heart of Paris, and resulted in four dead, and four critically wounded.
Yes, it is good to see righteous anger against the ruthless killings, and an apparent awakening to the threat of a radical ideology that has declared war on the world. But is it too little, too late? And can the tide of mayhem really be stopped? Already, there are other marches in Europe, conducted in the same of open societies and tolerance. And, once again, if you believe in what the Bible tells us, we know that an unholy hell is going to be unleashed against the Jewish people, and those who are followers of Jesus. The threats are there; out in the open, for all to see. Anti-semitism is on the rise in Europe. A war has been declared against us "infidels", and -- I don't mean to sound cynical -- but one million people marching in the street will not change the course this world is set on.
|Millions rally in Paris against terrorism|
But, can you imagine millions of people in all the streets of the world, marching and praising God, and asking for deliverance from this Evil that is threatening us all? Which march is more likely to actually have an impact on the schemes of the Enemy? Only God can interrupt the eventual conflagration, and grant us a delay in what will surely be increasing episodes of violence, terror, and suffering.
All of mankind is at a point where a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences for the inhabitants of earth. We can fall to our knees and change our direction, or we can continue to stiffen our necks and follow the same path. Prayer is our guide to making the right decision and avoiding more destruction and death. Now is the time to get in step with God!
2 Chronicles 15:4 "But in their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him."