The Right Response To The Paris Terror Attacks

This is a guest post by my beloved husband, Zohar.


Recently yet another dark moment hit humanity. Terror once again struck our unsuspecting hearts unexpectedly, causing us to cringe in the face of yet another sudden slaughter of human lives. This time the heartless terrorists chose Paris, the City of Lights.

Are we surprised that mass murderers are again acting on their ideology of Muslim Jihad? Probably not. But whether it is the 9/11 terror attacks, explosion of buses and restaurants in Israel, or the blood bath in Paris, each time we are left shocked, confused, angry, and despairingly helpless.

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As we slowly begin to get over the initial shock, our mind is desperate to find a solution, even a temporary one.

“What can be done? Is there anything I can do as an individual?

Each commentator in the media knowingly thinks he has the solution for terrorism. But do they really? The governments plan their retaliation against terror, but sadly, it’s a losing battle.

What about you and me? What would the right response to the Paris terror attacks and other horrific events like it be?

It may surprise you that we do have a mandate in the Bible to be active. I’m not talking about protesting, boycotting Hallal products, emailing our government officials, and such.

I’m talking about being a light in the midst of the darkness.

You see, dear friend, we are always to be active witnesses of our Lord in this world, regardless of the circumstances. Our testimony of faith in the one true God is just what the world needs at this very time. In fact, it is in the darkness that the light shines so much brighter.

Jesus Himself came “to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:79)

But what is this light that He refers to? And how can we have this promised peace, especially considering all that is happening in the world around us?

It is Jesus Himself.

He came not only to show the way, but to be the Way! Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Jesus is the very Light the world so desperately needs (John 8:12). Tweet that

In order to have true peace and to be enlightened by Jesus people must take two actions:

  1. Sincerely repent of our sin – turn away from sin and head in the opposite direction towards God.
  2. We must trust in Jesus and in Him alone. No one, including you and me, could ever have any hope of obtaining everlasting life apart from Him.

Jesus said “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

Although we aren’t the source of the light (Jesus is), we are to speak and act as children of Light.

For you are all children of light, children of the day.

We are not of the night or of the darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:5

Walk as children of light.

Ephesians 5:8

So take every opportunity to speak boldly about the hope that is within you.

This world needs the Giver of light. Don’t hide your light under a cover, lift your lampstand high, so that He may be known among the people during this time in history.

The time during which you have been called to shine His Truth, His Word, and His Light!

How are you being a light to those in darkness around you? 


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Zohar is a Messianic Jew from Israel, husband to Tehila (womenabiding.com :-)), and father of their 5 children aged 1 – 14 years old. Originally an Engineer by profession, Zohar felt called to attend a Bible School  in New Zealand in 2008, after which God led him to minister with Celebrate Messiah New Zealand, sharing the Gospel with backpackers, and teaching about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith to believers.

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33 Responses to The Right Response To The Paris Terror Attacks

  1. Liz says:

    Oh, we had very similar thoughts this week. Check out my post here: http://www.creativeinspirationsatmymessydesk.com/rebuilding-after-an-attack/
    Thanks for the reassuring post. Happy I hopped over from Susan B. Mead’s link up!

  2. Helene says:

    Amen. The right answer to darkness is not more darkness but to shine our little lights lit by our Savior!

  3. Thanks to both of you for this timely, powerful post! This is one I’ll be sharing. Thanks for being a light in the darkness. Blessings!

  4. I loved this post. So many questions were answered about how to be a light in the midst of darkness. As always the answer is Jesus Christ. He is the Light of the World. I am learning more everyday to Trust God and not to lean on my own understanding (which can be very misleading). I pray everyday that I put on more of Jesus Christ and less of myself. He must increase, while I decrease. Thanks to you and your husband for the reminder of just how Great our God is.

    • womenabiding says:

      You are a hunny, Felisha! I love your heart, your obvious submission to the Lord, and your deep desire to glorify Him! You are most TRULY a light to those around you!!! Much love, Tehila xoox

      • I really appreciate people who really serve the Lord and encourage others to do the same. After all God told us to admonish one another. We are all a part of the body of Christ. As I grow my own blog and brand Wear the Word, I aspire to minister to as many as I can. God is always so good and always providing everything we need in order to serve, worship, and praise His holy name. I’ll looking forward to more great news from Women Abiding! God Bless Us All!

  5. Janis Cox says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post. This world needs to see the Light – the love, grace and mercy of Jesus. I loved this:
    In order to have true peace and to be enlightened by Jesus people must take two actions:

    Sincerely repent of our sin – turn away from sin and head in the opposite direction towards God.
    We must trust in Jesus and in Him alone. No one, including you and me, could ever have any hope of obtaining everlasting life apart from Him.

    blessings to both of you and your family,
    Janis

    • womenabiding says:

      Always an encourager… Thank you, Janis… sometimes just saying the Truth, and going back to the drawing board of the Gospel, is what we need to hear, isn’t it?! God bless you sweet friend… Tehila xox

  6. Thank you for such a humanitarian post. I believe that in order to combat hate, we should respond with love – for those who have different viewpoints than us, for those who believe differently than us. Whose to say what’s right and wrong for the world – but if we understand and support those whose viewpoints differ from ours – that alone can make a difference – as long as they support peace and love, not hatred and fear.

    • womenabiding says:

      I appreciate your comment, Jamie! Coming in the opposite spirit of the hatred and discord that so many in the world act out of is definitely a great start. Even that though, is a difficult task without the love that God places in our hearts for our enemies. May He bless you today!

  7. Barbie says:

    God’s light always outshines the darkness. I want to shine brightly for Him so that others can’t help but receive Him. Thanks for sharing this week at Weekend Whispers.

  8. I share your belief that we must promote love and peace. Sadly, I don’t think this will stop these senseless murderers.

  9. Carol says:

    Amen. We, followers of Jesus, are here for this time. Like the early believers (described in Acts) we need to be in prayer, in the Word and encouraging each other. Wonderful post!

  10. Thanks for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival! Hope you are having a blessed Thanksgiving week-end.

  11. Mary Geisen says:

    Beautiful message! The call to be the light for others is needed. We are called to shine our light for Jesus and not just after a horrific event like in Paris. Thank you for these words!

  12. Kelsie says:

    What great truth! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  15. Sarah Eliza says:

    Such a wonderful perspective! So powerful. Thank you for sharing at Friday Frivolity!

  16. Christa says:

    Very true and beautiful words. We don’t get to pick and choose who we share God’s message with. The gospel of peace is for everyone, even people who scare us. Thank you for speaking out.

  17. I love this perspective, and, truly, “how can I help” is a most Christ-like response. Coming from our position of safety and security, we are better to be silent and to pray than to spout unhelpful anger and vitriol against an enemy who is really a victim of THE enemy.
    Blessings and many thanks!

  18. Kathleen says:

    Thank you Tehila and Zohar for your insight and wisdom in these difficult times where we need guidance and to be the Light.
    I hope you enjoy the Blogger’s Pit Stop and we look forward to seeing you next week.
    Kathleen #Pit Stop Crew

  19. Jann Olson says:

    What a wonderful post! I agree that by doing good and showing love we show the terrorists they are not winning. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    Jann

  20. Kristi says:

    Hi! I found your link up at Teaching What is Good. I loved this! Our pastor preached on something similar to this not too long ago. Christians sometimes get a little over zealous at times and end up causing more problems, rather than solving any. We just need to be the light and lean on Jesus. Your husband had some very good points to share! Thank you!!

    Kristi @ http://www.kristisaidit.com

  21. Kelli says:

    Amen! Thank you for this well thought out post! Its sad to realize that it’s likely these types of horrible attacks will likely continue. It is so important to realize that our time is short and we must shine bright now and be more persistent in sharing the gospel!

  22. Misty says:

    Yes! We are called to be the light. I heard someone put it this way and I have never forgotten it. How does a jeweler see the beauty in a diamond? He puts it against a black background. Therefore our beauty and light should shine the brightest in these times. If we shine bright in these days imagine how many will come into the Kingdom. Blessings. Misty.

  23. A good word, indeed!

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