Views from the Pews: Why do those evil people do that?

The Life Centre, Market Weighton.
The Life Centre, Market Weighton.

The recent and continuing barbaric killings and mindless destruction of innocent lives through plane bombing in the Sinai desert in Egypt, coordinated attacks of several locations in Paris and killings of work colleagues at a Christmas party in California must be a wake-up call to all who are indifferent about the role or centrality of faith in people’s lives.

Let me first unequivocally condemn how evil and Satanic the beliefs, ideologies and religion of these callous murderers.

In fact many commentators and politicians, sadly have completely misunderstood what is behind all these and their avowed objectives. It’s somehow bizarre and quite frankly nonsensical that people who have access to the mass media have become the apologists for Islam, the religion that these murderers practice. The question is what “God” is behind the faith and practices of these people? And why do they harbour such hatred for Western lifestyle? Failure to understand these root questions will make Western leaders misguidedly pursue wrong approaches that makes us all the “same as them” – people who are prepared to destroy innocent people.

Friends, what is going on is a spiritual issue. It’s a fight for religious domination. It’s not just a political or social justice issue.

The increasing militarism as a way of solving the problem of ISIS will not work. The people involved are under the control of a twisted religious ideology of “forced submission to a foreign god” who certainly is not the God of love, who gave His best to suffering human beings.

Jehovah, God Almighty, the divine creator of the universe is LOVE and He does not want the destruction of any human life. The Bible says this “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17 NLT.

The true God calls all human beings into a loving relationship of friendship, peace and freedom. Jesus came to set us free from bondages of life!

The people following those twisted beliefs and religion are following a different god. Please, I urge you the reader to understand that there are different gods out there. The Bible says “I know now that the LORD is greater than all other gods, because he rescued his people from the oppression of the proud Egyptians.” - Exodus 18:11 NLT.

Friends, we all have to make a choice about the “God” whom we’ll serve (Joshua 24:15). Is not time for us all to return to the Christian faith (not the controlling religion imposed by man) but the personal loving relationship with God, Almighty the Loving Father who wants the best for us all? It was this personal loving faith that built this nation as a model for the world to follow. The so called British values of respect, tolerance, honesty, hardworking, justice and fairness all came from its Judeo-Christian foundations.

Let’s remember, nature abhors vacuum. The continuing rejection of our loving Father, the God of love has left a moral vacuum in Western countries, which is being fought for by those who serve a foreign god, the one our forefathers didn’t know or recognise.

Please, let’s return to Jesus Christ, the God this nation once served faithfully. The evidence is seen in every community, village, town and city. It’s a tragic situation that church buildings now lie empty and some converted to pubs, flats and even Islamic centres in English cities like Derby and Coventry etc. As you and your family celebrate this Christmas, please remember it’s about Jesus Christ, who loves you.

Merry Christmas