"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy...." John 10:10
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12
My heart is broken over the loss of life and massive casualties in Boston yesterday. Two bombs exploded and lives were changed in an instant. Three deaths (so far) and well over a hundred injuries ensued. Mass chaos followed. A city, a state and a nation are in mourning over this brazen act of terrorism.
The finish line of the Boston Marathon should have been a threshold of celebration, a testament to the hard work and perseverance of runners who accomplished the ultimate feat. But for many it became an asphalt emergency room. And tragically, for a few, it became a different kind of finish line...the final one.
Pray with me for the grieving families and recovering victims. Pray that the terrorist(s) is caught and brought to justice. Pray for the church to rise up in Boston and be the hands and feet of Jesus to the people of that great and historic city.
As the authorities desperately search for clues as to who was responsible for these bombings it's easy to forget that there is another terrorist behind the human terrorist who actually lit the fuse. The murderer who committed this crime was influenced by an even darker spiritual force....the ultimate terrorist.
The ultimate terrorist snickers at every headline that amplifies his horrific handiwork. He thrives off infusing fear and terror into the hearts of as many as possible. This sadistic murderer runs a global network of unseen terrorists who do his bidding at every turn. This terrorist uses humans as pawns to steal, kill, destroy and terrorize.
There are no Navy Seals that can storm his compound to take his life. He'll never be tracked down by the FBI or Homeland Security.
This terrorist, the ultimate terrorist, is Satan himself. He is the one who whispers in the ears of terrorist both foreign and domestic to pull triggers, make bombs and ambush the innocent.
We as believers can fight back. The great Apostle Paul tells us how in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
We don't fight back with weapons built by human hands. We fight back with prayer. We fight back with divine love. We fight back by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Will you strap on your spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-20) with me in light of yesterday's tragedy? Will you use your spiritual weapon of prayer to fight against the Prince of Darkness and uphold the people of Boston over the next several days? Will you reach out with love to those around you who are wondering why all this happened? Will you share with them, not two dollar answers to two million dollar questions, but the hope that Jesus offers in the backwash of such horrific tragedies?
If you are a follower of Christ then you are engaged against the ultimate terrorist. He came to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came to bring life, true life. Let us share this life and hope with a world that is in desperate need of it...especially now.