At the time of typing, it is being reported that five have been killed and 40 injured in a London terror attack, (one of the dead being the attacker himself).
This morning when I first heard about it reports were of four dead and 20 injured, some of them “catastrophically”.
Events like this present a contrast between the worst and best of human acts. The worst is clearly the evil, murderous intent of the one causing harm; while the best is often seen in the response of those first on the scene, giving aid to the victims, sometimes putting themselves in harm’s way. In this case one of the latter group lost his life, stabbed multiple times by the perpetrator.
Alongside these extremes there are the opportunists who will seize the chance to “stir the pot” and turn events like this into self-promoting propaganda, pushing agendas that intensify suspicion and hostility.
But what about the average citizen, no matter where we live, no matter what the threat? (Remembering that the dangers we face in the west are minimal when compared to what is suffered daily in other parts of the world *).
Can anywhere be considered safe when acts of terror no longer need bombs and guns? When commonplace vehicles, either cars or trucks can be used as weapons against average citizens?
People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world
What IS the world coming to? How should we react?
when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass …
…when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near…
…Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man
* See here for a view of this year’s terrorism looking beyond “the west”, while also recognising the effects of military strikes on civilian populations that aren’t included :