I want to promote more widely these thoughts from J John on choosing our attitude towards ISIS:

http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e685d22ea9a50877a9e0024b2&id=50917d4dae&e=2c7e380852

An excerpt:

“…the public and deliberately shocking nature of such acts as the beheadings of journalists and aid workers is a deliberate strategy to make us hate the perpetrators. Their goal is to create a situation in which Islam and the West find themselves in a bitter and bloody war. They want us to hate them, and I suggest that we are wise not to fall into that trap. Indeed, the greatest of all dangers is that the Christian Church so demonises the forces of radical Islam that our religion of grace and love is extinguished under the weight of wrath. Under such circumstances the Church would cease to be the Church. In a bitterly ironic triumph of evil we would have simply become the mirror image of our enemies.

These are perilous days, but God is great and prayer can achieve what armies cannot. Let us pray and if, as we do, fine phrases fail us, we can always pray those simple wise old words, ‘Lord, let your Kingdom come and your will be done.’”

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