Wk 8 Followers of Christ Concerns About Future Terrorist Attacks Discussion

I need to respond to this in A.P.A. format 300-400 words with at least 2 references

For this week we will discuss how followers of Christ should react, and should we be concerned about future terrorist attacks. Also, should we give up our civil liberties to help our government keep us safe.

For the first question, I myself was filled with anger after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and sometimes even now I think about the possibility of future attacks. It’s always a conflict because, as a Christian, we should not hate thy enemy. When thinking about future attacks we need only look at this 2016 article, it discussed the Islamic state executing 12 Christians because they refused to abandon their faith, another attack killed 89 people and injured up and over 200 in a terrorist attack at the Bataclan theatre in Paris (Shandrow, 2016). During situations like this and thinking about the possibility of future attacks its important to respond in a Christian way while also trying to understand why these situations continue to happen. Think about Paul speaking to Timothy about staying rooted in his faith. 2 Timothy 3:12-13 says “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (Holy Bible). In violent situations like a terrorist attack either past or future, as a Christian, it’s important to always pray, love the hurting, love your enemies, live a good Christian life, as tough as it will be as a Christian you cannot hate people. Now more than ever the fact is this world needs Jesus Christ (Sermon, 2015).

What about our civil liberties, should we give them up to help the government keep us safe? Let’s think about the first amendment in the Bill of Rights, the government should never be trusted to guard the rights of the individual, it was necessary for those individual rights to be enumerated so that our freedom and liberty could be protected. Many people believe that if the governments control were left unrestricted, then we would see more of an abuse of power, of course not everyone feels this way though (Stetzer). The sad thing is we are already giving up our civil liberties today, from examining emails, phone calls and text messages. According to the article the UT data center will be able to download private emails, cell phone calls and internet searches for the hope of retrieving personal data (Setzer.)

References:

Sermon. (2015, November 18). How Should Christians Respond to Terrorist Attacks? Retrieved May 7, 2019, fromhttps://sermonandstudy.com/2015/11/18/how-should-c…

Shandrow, C. (2016, June 14). How Should Christians Respond to Terrorism? Retrieved May 7, 2019, from http://www.compassbn.com/christians-response-terro…

Stetzer, E. (n.d.). Why Christians Should Be Speaking Up about the Surveillance State. Retrieved May 7, 2019, fromhttps://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2013/j…