“The world is growing more complex and dangerous by the day, but we will not be intimidated by those who seek violence, repression, and fear.” John Boehner
There are extreme moments that rivet themselves, forever, into our memory.
The Columbia Space Shuttle
The Twin Towers
Anyone can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard “the news.”
Today – October 22, 2014 – was another one of those days.
Where were you when you heard the news?
I was preparing a message series for Sundays in November entitled, “Operation Impact.”
The day before, CF-18’s had taken off from Cold Lake, Alberta, enroute to Kuwait. The fighters were Canada’s “boots in the air” to take on Islamic terrorism in Iraq and Syria.
The evening before, Canadian Defense Minister, Rob Nicholson warned, “Canada faces a clear and present danger from ISIS.”
Less than 12 hours later a Canadian soldier, with “boots on the ground” in Ottawa, was murdered in cold blood. His cowardly assailant was gunned down after storming the Parliament buildings and making it to within 50 feet of the Prime Minister’s meeting room. He is believed to be a radicalized Canadian. Less than 48 hours earlier another Canadian soldier had been murdered by a Canadian with ties to ISIS.
A SHOCKED WORLD
The 3400km’s separating me from the crime scene did nothing to distance the shock and disgust.
The world called it:
One MP said, “This changes everything.”
In an ironic way, change can be, and I hope will be, a good thing.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered Canadians a road map.
Four Ways Canadians Will Respond
1. Canadians are vulnerable but not naive. “This week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.”
2. Canadians won’t back down. “Let there be no misunderstanding, we will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.”
3. Canadians will stand solid. Canadians will pull together with the kind of firm solidarity that has seen our country through many challenges.
4. Canadians will step up. This will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to:
take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats, and keep Canada safe here at home.
work with our allies around the world and fight against the terrorist organizations who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores.
What Can You Do?
1. Pray for our nation and its leaders, at every level, but especially our Prime Minister and elected representatives.
2. Pray for our military personnel in “Operation Impact” and for our first responders who run to the roar.
3. Read yourself full of faith through the Bible. “The people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Daniel 11:12
4. Pray for Canadians to turn to and trust God.
During the early months of the Battle of Britain in WW2, Prime Minister Winston Churchill called his nation to prayer. Churchill was not known for being a religious man but even non-religious leaders who are humbled by dire circumstances, turn to God.
May God bless and keep our land glorious and free!
This Friday, wear Red to show support to the First Responders, Police, CSIS and Military that help protect the true north strong and free.
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