I recently wrote a blog post about a video letter from the People of the Cross to ISIS.
I love the way this letter shifts the conversation from how much we all hate ISIS to the LOVE and GRACE God offers sinners-even ISIS.
“Love is coming after you.”
Much of the conversation I have been hearing about ISIS is focused on how evil they are.
This video is so powerful because it clearly shows Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness to ISIS.
I have heard some talk, but not much, of how we need to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. The letter to ISIS was a great and powerful reminder that the people of ISIS are lost sinners, that Jesus died on the cross for them, just like He died for us. He was thinking of them on the cross, just as He was thinking of us. He came to forgive them too. Another point in the letter that stood out to me was:
“Apart from Christ, we are no better from the worst jihadist.”
We all have sinned and have fallen short from the glory of God. Jesus’ blood can cover every sin, He died for everyone.
ISIS is killing Christians, it is very real and tragic, but it is not the end.
John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
This is probably the most widely known Bible verse, because it sums up the reason Jesus came, so that whoever believes in Him will never die. I read somewhere that, “You can’t kill a Christian, you can only change their address.
This world is not our home, we do not belong here.
Selah wrote a beautiful song “People of the Cross” in response to Christians persecuted around the world and for the 21 Egyptian Christians who were beheaded, for their faith, by ISIS. This song is about them standing firm in their faith and not losing hope in Jesus.
Here is the link to their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DksMpQTHMV0
After I watched this video, this scripture came to my mind.
Philippians 3:20-21 New International Version (NIV)
20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body
“We won’t be shaken, hope won’t be taken.”