Killing in the name of God...hatred for the cause of their faith...finding delight in another's suffering. What kind of faith annihilates thousands, oppresses its own people, and proclaims a divine origin for its terrorist actions?
Not even the all-loving, all-merciful Allah could condone such behavior.
A jihad, or holy war, is a fight against evil for the sake of good; at least this is the definition in its truest form, not in the connotation it has been contrived into in recent days. Yet, in any war, there are casualties. Innocent lives are lost needlessly. Soldiers risk life and limb for their cause. People kill people. Cities are destroyed. Civilizations are annihilated. Families are left homeless, in desolation. What is the goal? Liberation, independence, security? Does it make any sense (to the rational, thinking human being) that the most effective path to these goals is the strategic murder and pillaging of the "enemy"?
What does killing accomplish? What message is sent? What is the reflex response to this action? What is the best, most effective response? Using the most obvious example, the events of September 11, 2001, I will purport to answer these questions.
When someone wrongs us, it is our initial reflex response to wrong them back. It takes far more control to withhold our anger and react more sensibly to the situation. After the 9-11 attacks, families of victims and well-meaning Americans were heard to say, "Let's kill 'em all!" and many Arab Americans were the target of senseless hate crimes as a result. In response to the incomprehensibly evil that our country experienced, many people reacted in anger and immediately wanted to take revenge with a retaliatory attack. It is one thing to war against terrorism, but we must be cautious not to make our war a personal vendetta of hatred.
Let's ask ourselves this question: What would Jesus do? It's become a buzzword phrase in our society, but let's seriously examine the reply.
God has given us clear instructions on how we should respond to the actions of evildoers. This does not mean we should compromise our values and allow others to walk all over us and push us around. We must stand firm for our faith and moral values whilst concurrently praying for our enemies and covering them with love.
The easy thing to do is hate those who hurt us, but the far greater way to deal with evil is to surround it in love and banish it altogether rather than perpetuate it with our own hatred. Pray for peace. Pray for love. Pray for your enemies. True holiness comes from Divine love.
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