Pray For The Bombers 

This has been a horrific and senseless week in the United Kingdom. Twenty two people were slaughtered by a lone suicide bomber in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert. And at the time of writing, seven more have died at the hands of three men in central London last night. Dozens more wounded, many with life changing injuries. Not to mention the catastrophic emotional and psychological damage. 

Twenty nine dead the media will tell us right? Well no actually. Even my decidedly average mathematics tells me that thirty three people died. Of course I’m including the four men who committed the carnage. Evil, mindless terrorist scum many will argue. However, uncomfortable as this might be to stomach, they were still human beings. With parents, partners and friends and families whose lives have also been ripped apart by the attacks.

I have been trying to pray for ALL of the dead and their families. Because whose to say if I (or any of us) brought up in an identical social, political, cultural and religious environment would as them would not have turned out the same way. What was going through his head when Salman Abedi detonated the explosives. We will never know.

It was too late for him by then. And there are thousands of other young Muslim men out there who now see his martyrdom as inspirational. An act that will motivate them to take forward the jihad against the infidel West. 

Is it too late for them? No it’s not. You just need to look at my own country Northern Ireland where 3000 people died at the hands of terrorists between 1969-1998. A more bitter, hate fuelled, sectarian conflict you could not imagine. But now my work brings me into contact with men who have turned their back on that lifestyle. Men with blood on their hands who now use those same hands for peace and reconciliation.

That’s the great thing about having willpower. The capacity for change. Jesus chose an extremist, violent bigot, Simon the Zealot, to be one of his disciples. So if he and others can change what’s to say that a future generation of Islamic martyrs can’t?

So that’s why I choose to pray for the bombers, their families and the Salman Abedi’s of the future. Our shared future.

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  1. Very touching post. Muslims are accepting Jesus more and more every day. I pray that many more will realize that this way of life leads to death and Jesus leads to salvation. On another note, the majority of my ancestors are what we Americans call “Scotch-Irish”. I live in Alabama, USA. I have relatives all over the south-east US.
    I have always wanted to visit Ireland one day. One of my aunts told me I shouldn’t because the extremists are there too. I’m sure you know more about whether or not that is true. I pray that your country thrives in the name of Jesus!


  2. Never stop praying for people’s souls to be healed! God’s love and mercy are unfathomable, and can reach the most broken, seemingly evil, hearts among us, and fill them with peace and love. We should wish this kind of healing for EVERYONE. Sometimes I think that God is just WAITING for all of US to get down on our knees, in love. When the groundswell of that effort reaches the ears of heaven, we should all expect miracles! ❤️ 🙏🏻

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  3. This reminds me of a film called The Shack I saw recently. I’m not a christian but it brings up a very interesting conundrum in line with what you’re talking about here. Worth a watch. It’s based on a novel apparently. If all of that were true, and we were supposed to forgive these people, my god, it’s a hell of a big ask. A hell of a big ask. But I admire people who can do that, especially if they are personally touched by the evil. Such people know exactly what to do with hate and retalliation, but I think compassion is more disarming. So damn hard as it is to see.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I’m 47 and have only been a Christian for 4 years so I have seen both sides of the coin. Forgiving and loving such people is not in our human nature. Every ounce of me wants to hate them for the evil acts they commit. Learning to love and forgive such people requires a conscious act of will. I have to overcome everything within me that says otherwise. I’ve read ‘The Shack’ and seen the movie. The main character had to be taught to forgive and love. It’s incredibly difficult. But not forgiving will only destroy you from within. We have to let it go.

  4. Good observation. It reminds me of something Corrie TenBoom shared about her father when he watched the Nazis rounding up Jewish people in their neighborhood. He had a deep sorrow in his heart for those Nazi officials as well as for the Jewish men and women. In her words: “‘Those poor people,’ Father echoed. But to my surprise I saw that he was looking at the soldiers now forming into ranks to march away. ‘I pity the poor Germans, Corrie. They have touched the apple of God’s eye.’” It is the same with every Muslim. Thank you for sharing.

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