I’m working today hampered by a lingering sick headache and trying, not entirely successfully, to hold back tears. Like many this morning I woke to the news that there had been a suspected terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena. Twenty two people lost their lives and dozens more have been injured. It’s impossible to estimate how many have been emotionally traumatised by this despicable, cowardly act.
The fact that the target was a pop concert, and one that would have been largely attended by young girls takes our disbelief and horror to a new level. One wonders at what might have motivated such an atrocity. What cause could have possibly been furthered by such violence? What perceived benefit could there be, that might be worth killing children for or indeed dying for?
This may be incomprehensible to us but we should not be blind to a simple truth. These murders made perfect sense to the person or people that carried them out. Their thinking has been warped by a Satanic deception that makes it seem honourable to them to kill children and destroy lives.
Many of us today are wondering what we can do to help. As Christians we have weapons of righteousness that must be brought to bear. We must continue to love those who consider themselves to be our enemies. We must pray. We must persevere in our duty to proclaim the Gospel. Only then can we expect those whose understanding is shrouded in evil darkness to see the one true light.