When I read the news from France early this morning, I was reminded of the words of Jesus: “a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering service to God (John 16:2).”
The truth of Jesus’ words is crystal clear in the spiritual climate in which we live. The twisted theology of radicalized terrorists compels them to murder in the name of their god. While it’s true that there’s just a minority of the population who engages in these inhumane and atrocious attacks, the partisan silence of their fellow acolytes is deafening.
This morning, two men armed with blades entered a church in northern France and held several people as hostages. French media is reporting that the attackers cut the throat of the priest.
Please pray for the citizens of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and the grieving people of this church.
I’ve never thought of myself as a gourmet chef, but when I need to I can prepare a decent meal. I also know that if you add too much of one ingredient and not enough of another, a recipe can be ruined.
When Peter wrote his second letter, his advice was to never add-a-vice to your life. Instead he advised people to add the right ingredients to their faith. He said a compliment of “good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love” is a good recipe for life (I Peter 2:5-11).
I encourage you to devise a plan that can de-vice you of your vices, and I advise you to add-a-vise of strength to your faith. When you add a cup of good character, and stir in some spiritual understanding, you might begin to smell the aroma of “passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love,” your life will have a sweet aroma that’s pleasing to God.