On Tuesday, the world was rocked as Islamic terrorists dealt out yet another senseless act of evil and hatred upon humanity.
As Christians around the world enter into one of the most holy of weeks, Tuesday?s terrorist attack in Brussels hit a chord among many who are feeling the full effects of hatred and prejudice brought on by those resolute in their hatred. Three explosions set off at a Brussels airport and at the Maelbeek subway station, in central Brussels, killed 31 men, women and children, while simultaneously injuring more than 230 others.
How many of those 31 people murdered were traveling to celebrate Easter with their family or perhaps to a place of worship? It?s hard to say exactly, but no doubt, there were people among those who were killed that were likely on their way to be with family members and friends.
Thirty six people whose families will never celebrate an Easter week with their loved ones again should be a hard truth to stomach- no matter if you celebrate Easter or not. Easter week, a time of celebration for many, will now be a constant reminder of the day someone special to them was ripped from the world in the most violent of ways.
On the day of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave an international address via satellite from Jerusalem. In his address, Netanyahu gave his condolences to the families of those murdered in Tuesday?s attacks and reiterated Israel?s stance of fighting against global terrorism. Perhaps the most poignant of comments made during his speech, however, was the nagging truth at the heart of Tuesday?s events.
?The chain of attacks from Paris to San Bernardino, to Istanbul, the Ivory Coast, now to Brussels, and the daily attacks in Israel - this is one continuous assault on all of us,? he said. ??The only way to defeat these terrorists is to join together and fight them together.?
Netanyahu went on to say that the way to overcome any form of worldwide terrorism is with ?political unity and moral clarity?.
?I think we have those things in abundance,? Netanyahu stated.
A British parliamentarian in the 1700s, Edmund Burke, once asserted that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. I believe that historical statement still rings true in 2016. And with the growing threat of global Islamic terrorism, it seems to me that the world needs a few more good men and women to take a solid stand on the side of truth and justice for all.
Burke?s words, while true and inspiring, are not brought to fruition without determination and sacrifice by more than a few good men. Living out love and truth is not always a simple task. Even within the free state offered in America, standing up for truth while abandoning political correctness and popularity is often easier said than done. Regardless, humanity needs people now more than ever who are willing to stand together as one in the face of hatred.
From world leaders, like President Obama and those on Capitol Hill, to local church pastors, teachers and parents ? it?s up to everyone who believes that love should always conquer over hate to do their part in raising up generations which know and desire to embrace light and truth over the darkness of evil.
?What they (terrorists) seek, is our utter destruction and their total domination. Their basic demand is that we should all simply disappear,? said Netanyahu, as he stated his final thoughts on the fight against terror. ?Well, my friends, that?s not going to happen.?
I don?t know about you, but I stand with people who are willing to fight for goodness. And I hope you are too.