Recently news on the television reported that terrorists shipped perhaps twenty packages to various areas of the world. Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation defines a terrorist as “somebody who uses violence, especially bombing, kidnapping, and assassination, to intimidate others, often for political purposes.”
In an effort to explain what has happened the reporters awkwardly demonstrated their lack of facts surrounding the situation. With almost every statement they had to include uncertainty about what the packages were, who sent them, to whom they were intended, and the reason they were sent. In the brief time of less than an hour corrections had to be made.
The report that some of the packages, identified as those sent by terrorists, reached the addressees indicates that the security system is flawed. One appeared to be a fake bomb with powder and wires sticking out of it. Some reportedly were addressed to some religious groups. The reporters seemed to place the blame on the ineffective security steps taken in Yemen, from where they were shipped.
It was first suggested that the perhaps the terrorist send the packages as a dry run with plans for a later more destructive endeavor to follow. Actually it was learned that some contained high explosive materials. This thought generates great concern about the future danger our nation may face. It was clearly pointed out that more needs to be done to protect our country from terrorist attacks. The reporters discussed that security at airports will be increased.
One idea, which was expressed, was that the terrorists did not succeed. I must say to the reporters that if you do not know why the packages were sent how can you assume that the terrorists did not attain their goal. In fact, the terrorists at least succeeded in creating fear whether they sent the packages or are just being blamed for sending them.
The threat of terrorism is an ever increasing danger but there is a greater danger that all people encounter. The force is more powerful than all the terrorists’ united efforts and is named is Satan. Satan is the source of all evil. Through lies and temptations Satan draws men into his web of deceit and influences them to go against God’s will and commit sin. “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3)
Encountering temptations, each individual needs to know all the facts about God’s will for their life. Since men must stand faithful to God regardless of what others about them are doing, they need to know God’s plan for humanity. The strength to withstand temptations come from a proper relationship with God through Jesus Christ, His Son. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Through Jesus Christ, God will provide us with the courage and strength we need. Jesus has invited us to come to Him. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 1:28) We need to follow Jesus’ direct to Nicodemus. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” )John 3:3)
The wisdom to know God’s plan requires continual studying of God’s Word, the Holy Bible, and living in the attitude of prayer. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
We cannot blame others for our sin that breaks our fellowship with God but must admit our own guilt. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) It is necessary to repent of our sin. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)
The world may not know the best procedure to protect from terrorists but we have the exact method to defeat Satan and obtain salvation. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)