November 03, 2017 0 Comments

Well, it happened again. I could probably write a new article every week on terrorist attacks--they have become so commonplace. This time, a radical Islamic terrorist struck and killed 8 innocent people on a bike path in New York City. He jumped out of his rental truck shouting Allah Akbar. In the hospital where he was treated for his gunshot wound, he demanded they bring him an ISIS flag for his room. Investigators found 90 ISIS promotional videos on his cell phone.
Radical Islam is motivated by extreme hatred. I get so upset when TV analysts try to justify these evil acts by saying that Christians also have committed terrible acts of violence. Certainly not all Christians are perfect, but Christianity is rooted in the love of Jesus. Christ taught His disciples to love even their enemies. Down through the centuries, kindness and love have been the hallmarks of Christianity. "By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one toward another" (John 13:35).
But the hatred of the Islamic radicals is unbelievable. Their horrendous acts of terrorism include beheadings, bombings, and burning people alive. These perpetrators seem to be filled with the demons of hate and evil. I find it hard to understand how anybody could be attracted to such a twisted religious ideology.
I am so glad that I was born in a Christian nation, and that I have been saved by the love of God as displayed by the death of Jesus for my sins. "But God commended (proved) His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). Were it not for the grace of God, I might have been raised in a culture of hatred and might have become a blind follower of an evil religion.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.