“For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, says the Lord” (Jer 8:11-12)
The world is constantly faced with terrorism. It is not something new with this generation. Native Americans (aka American Indians), upon having their land stolen from them by white immigrants, terrorized white settlers for many years. Great Britain constantly were terrorized by the IRA (Irish Republican Army) during the late 60’s and continued until 1997. Israel is constantly terrorized by the Palestinians and visa versa. Today, the world is facing all kinds of terrorism (ISIS, Muslim jihad, Hezbollah, and home grown terrorists). Sometimes evil is taken away by a terrorist act and at other time good people are taken. Such acts never make any sense to sensible people. Everyone would like it to stop and all kind of solutions have been proposed from both sides of the aisle, but the truth be known, there is no long term solution. We all want vengeance on them, but often terrorists are willing to die for their cause. Like mosquitoes are to humans, terrorism is a constant pest to society that never goes away.
For Christians, God is the only one allowed to take vengeance, not man. This is with respect to those who wrong us personally. Governmental capital punishment for heinous crime is not considered here. Paul wrote: “Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance belongs unto me; I will recompense, says the Lord” (Rom. 12:19). This passage, taken from Deuteronomy 32:35, teaches that we are not to take matters in our own hands. Even when crimes are committed against the state, men are not to take the law into their own hands. In Romans 13, Paul states that civil government is “a minister of God, an avenger of wrath to him that does evil” (v. 4). So, the punishment of the evil doer is God’s prerogative. Second, God will avenge his elect in his own time. When the wicked apparently prosper and the evil doer seems to be succeeding it is not easy to be patient; and, like the souls beneath the altar in Revelation 6:9, 10, we cry out: “How long . . . do you not judge and avenge. . . ?”
God said that He would avenge his elect “speedily” (Lk. 18:8). To us, and those in the Bible who asked for vengeance, it seems slow. But we need to understand that God delays his punishments because he is long suffering and wishes to save as many as possible (2 Pet. 3:9). Also, we must remember that what seems long to us in time is short to God. It is “speedy” to him because he does not count time as man does. “But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” We can be assured that God will avenge his “elect” when he is ready. And, when it is the proper time he will move quickly.
So if anyone tells you they have a solution to terrorism that doesn’t include God, you are listening to the Devil himself. “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Ps 9:17). “Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces,
and there be none to deliver” (Ps 50:22). Peace comes from God and is given to the children of God. “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children” (Isa 54:13). “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked” (Isa 48:22). Peace won’t come from bombs, guns, or great walls. No! Peace comes from God and if the world wants peace from terrorism, let them repent and turn back to God!