Yesterday Paris was victim to the worst attack in France since WWII. French President Francois Hollande has called the Paris attacks an “act of war” that will be responded to “mercilessly.” In the hours after the horrific attacks some said “TERRORISM HAS NO RELIGION.” Do not be fooled. This attack was done in the name of Allah, the god of Islam. Eye witness reports say that the murderers yelled, “Allahu Akbar” before committing their atrocities. Now we know, in their own words, that the Islamic State has claimed the attack on Paris describing the city as “the carrier of the banner of the Cross in Europe.” In this case terrorism does have a religion – its name is Islam and its god is Allah.
Islam is at war with us–we’ve witnessed its evil face firsthand over and over. And today the world wakes up to their threats: “This attack is the first of the storm and a warning.” Reports say they have also posted: “The American blood is best – And we will take it soon.”
The apostle Paul, who was miraculously called to Christ while in route to persecute Christians in the city of Damascas – located near the heart of embattled ISIS territory in modern day Syria – wrote in the Bible, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1-5).
As we continue to pray for the people of France we also need to pray for wisdom for the world’s leaders and that Islam will be stopped in its tracks.