Yesterday, France became the target of one of the largest terrorist attacks in a Western nation since 9/11. ISIS has claimed responsibility, and is threatening to continue the attacks. In Washington, DC, policymakers are debating the best U.S. response.
In response, social media has been flooded with profile pictures in the colors of the French flag, words of sympathy and solidarity for the French people, and "Pray for Paris" images.
Even as I shared one of these pictures on our Facebook page, I realized how easy it is to click "share," write up a sympathetic post, and leave it at that. Spreading awareness and showing sympathy is great, but one major step was left out of that sequence I just described. Prayer.
Christians, take some time and pray for the people of Paris. Pray for those who have lost loved ones, pray for those who were wounded in the attacks. Pray that even in this time of sorrow, hearts in the City of Light would be turned to the Light of the World -- Jesus Christ. Don't settle for just sharing a meme -- we can and we must plead the case of these people before the throne of our Lord.
Pray for Paris.