Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Defense against Terrorism

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Defense against Terrorism

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A Christian Science perspective.

After an accident or catastrophe there's a natural inclination to survey the damage done. It can be anything from a blown tire to a damaged home or a national economy in crisis.

Sometimes the damage is different from what it appears to be. The assessment often takes some careful analysis before restoration begins.

For example, the attempted terrorist plot on a Northwest Airlines flight leaving Amsterdam on Christmas Day was foiled before it landed in Detroit, Mich. Passengers and crew subdued the terrorist, and no physical harm was done. No lives were lost. The plane was landed safely and was not destroyed. The passengers left the plane without harm.

But if one looks at the underlying motive of terrorism, the plot could have been counted a complete success. One major purpose of terrorism is to threaten, to create fear, to cause a sense of danger that intimidates the public. In and of itself, the international response to the incident shows the influence it has had on the public, even though no physical damage was actually done.

What's needed then is a way not only to prevent evil acts but also to overcome the residue of fear such deeds may leave within our thoughts. Harboring hate and anger won't enable us to accomplish this, but prayer can help us move beyond them toward healing.

The Bible teaches us to trust in God's loving and all-powerful goodness to protect and preserve all His children. It offers wonderful promises of protection, not only from fear but from physical harm. One psalm says: "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me" (Ps. 56:3, 4).

To the degree that each of us turns to the protective and sheltering nature of divine Love, to that degree do we feel and experience it. Instead of feeling threatened or intimidated by news reports, we can be confident in God's care and overcome fear and the threat of danger. …

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