U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry said that it is “a battle between civilization itself and barbarism”. And other leaders have said similar things in the wake of the atrocities in Paris on 13th November. Collectively the West, whether through its politicians or its media, has presented a front of defiance in the wake of the grotesque acts.
This response is fully understandable and in many ways shows an admirable desire not to be intimidated by acts which are plainly evil. However, one note which has not been struck at all, is that of repentance. I don’t think I have heard this from any religious leaders either. No one has deemed it fitting to publicly say that we in the Western world need to consider our ways.
Lets us consider the ways which predominate in our culture:
- God and His Son, are increasing airbrushed from our consciousness. Here is an article about one recent example of how there was no mention of Christianity in Downton Abbey.
- The Word of God is ignored in forming our legislation.
- The law of God is defied in our re-defining of morals. Issues of abortion, same-sex marriage and transgenderism would be example here.
- Those who hold to biblical values are increasingly marginalised and even intimidated.
- Anyone who dares to say that Jesus is the sole Saviour and only way to God open themselves up to opprobrium.
We conclude that God cannot be pleased with these developments, and failure to go in God’s ways always sets on a road to falling under His judgement. Furthermore it is in line with biblical revelation that God used evil entities to bring judgement. The book of Habakkuk dwells upon this theme for example.
So might it not be wise to ponder upon whether there is a message from God in the paris atrocities; a message to our society saying “consider your ways”. And as we do so we need to be led to repent; to turn back to God. Alas we are not hearing anything of that, and I fear that if there is no repentance then we are only storing up more trouble for ourselves.