We are all saddened by the horrible attacks in Paris today. Let me help you understand what is going to happen over the next few days. This is probably pretty cynical but it’s how I feel right now. I am just deeply troubled that Western leaders seem impotent to stop these kind of terrorist attacks. And it frustrates me that this path is a well worn path….like how America behaves when 15 students are killed in a school massacre. (which for the record there have been more mass shootings in the US this year than days in the year).
1) World Leaders will come out and condemn the attacks as against freedom, against ‘our way of life’, and will pledge that those responsible for the attacks will be brought to justice (even though those who carried out the attacks have all been killed or killed themselves). Anyone brought to justice post CharlieHebdo: post all the rhetoric???? No.
2) In the initial response hastags like #prayforparis will trend on social media..where people who don’t believe in God will encourage others who don’t believe in God to pray to the God they don’t believe in for the peace of the God who apparently doesn’t exist.
3) And those who do believe in that God will be blamed for being intolerant.
4) The Muslim world will be silent. Ok I know at this stage it’s too early to say this was an Islamic based attack…but when its confirmed, (humor me), the Muslim world will be completely silent and few will wonder why. And those who ask why will be deemed intolerant, hate filled islamophobes.
5) Malcolm Turnbull will make a statement saying how great it is that Australia is a tolerant nation and that we embrace our Muslim brothers.
6) No one will notice how much the word tolerance will be used except when speaking of Christians.
7) People will get all spooky about the fact that these attacks were carried out on Friday the 13th and they will relate that back to the origins of Friday the 13th which is when a significant number of Knights Templar were murdered on the order of the Pope (if my memory serves me correctly).
8) There will be the predictable cries of ‘the world would be a better place without religion.’
9) In due course, the world will be outraged, promise lots, do nothing, and in three weeks, the world will settle down and we will carry on….except there will be 160 funerals across Paris and for many families they will have to find a new normal. The West will promise to learn from the Paris attacks, a monument will be put up, in a year’s time a minutes silence will be held to remember the 160 people who were just going about life in downtown Paris when their lives were taken from them for a violent ideology.
10) The world will hardly raise a whimper about the 160 Nigerians that were killed by Boko Harem this week. (Cause they are not Westerners….Ok let me type what I am really thinking…..because they are not white).
Now I know we are living in the end times (according to Matthew 24) and some would say it’s related to Shemitah (which I don’t particularly think it is). Reality is that as Christians we must not let fear rule us, we must pray for the salvation of the world, love all our fellow man regardless of race, creed or religion and don’t become cynical…which I clearly failed at this time round.
Or maybe this is a cry for the world to take a different path.
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