Video thanks to Samaritan’s Purse
“It is not just the time for forgiveness. It is not just the time for words…it is the time for work. I’m asking my Lord to not close this opportunity. One time, they blew up my church, one time they attacked me during the Mass by five missiles, one time I got shot in my leg – still the bullet’s in my leg. And I’ve been kidnapped for nine days, they almost broke my teeth, my nose, and they do all that by Allah’s name.
I have to forgive them, not because…it’s an order, but we have to forgive to let grace transfer from generation to generation. If not, that means pain and hate close the way to the grace of God. So, in this country as a Christian, we’re still like salt and light. It doesn’t matter what happened to me and to my people and my generation, but we have to take care of our kids. They are the future. If we do not take care about kids, our kids, now, the next generation of ISIS, they will be from our side.”
Imagine your family displaced – or worse.
Your place of worship attacked.
Your pastor kidnapped and abused.
Would forgiveness even seem like an option?
Grace requires it. As Father Douglas said, if we don’t allow for grace and forgiveness – hate will prohibit the broken and hurting (and those who break and hurt) from encountering the God of love.
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