Over this last week I have been reflecting on how to respond to the Boston Marathon explosions in a way that isn’t the typical “Pray for Boston” fashion, but that draws out the deeper meanings than just the need to pray for healing and safety in that situation.
With the immigration hearings in the Congress being pertinent to the conference for Immigration Reform that I will be attending next Saturday I came across an article from the Los Angeles Times by Lisa Mascaro about the effects of terrorism on this piece of legislation. I recommend that you read it and ponder the statements made by a few politicians.
The two suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reportedly Chechen refugees, are the ones that have been identified as the masterminds of Monday’s events. I hope that even as they were individuals with an Islamic faith that there would not be retaliation against Muslims in our nation. While I do believe that there are good people who are Muslims, just as there are bad people that does not mean we have a reason to lash out at people who are already immigrants to our country.
Please continue to pray that justice would be done; that as more Muslims immigrate to the United States that Christians would take the opportunity to reach out to them as a mission field on our own soil; and for the families of those killed and injured would know the peace that Christ offers in this situation.