As a nation, we are all shocked by the news that 22 people died in yesterday’s terrorist attack. It is believed that among the dead are children as young as eight. This highlights the nature and the cruelty of the attack, as it aims at the heart beat and the treasure of many families—their dearly loved children.
In times like this, it is so easy to blame and point fingers out of anger and frustration. On the other hand, it is also easy for those unaffected by such tragedy to somewhat be insensitive to the anger and grief felt by others.
Today, we mourn 22 of our own children who died needlessly. The attack was senseless, heartless and merciless; but let us zoom in on Iraq and Syria and we will find that this sadness and shock has been the reality for many people for over five years. Let us zoom in on South Sudan, and we will see the helplessness of parents as they hold their dying children in their hands for lack of food and health care. Let us zoom in on the dark side of medical practices, and we will see thousands of unborn babies killed legally.
This is in no way an attempt to belittle yesterday’s attack. It is rather a call for us to reflect on the issues facing this broken world, and to cry out in repentance and ask for righteousness to fill our lands. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land”.
Let this be our prayer, and let this motivate us to share the Gospel that has the power to bring healing in this broken world.