As most people, I am saddened by the recent terrorist attacks in a Kenyan mall that has left at least 68 people dead, many injured and others held hostage. This appears to be revenge by the Somali Islamist group, al-Shabaab. In 2011, the Kenyan Defense Forces invaded al-shabaab’s base in southern Somalia in an effort to eliminate the group, which has been vowing revenge since.
Now, I do not see this as an attack against Kenya. I see this as an attack against Christianity. Similarly, the 9/11 attacks on America – One nation under God, was an attack on Christianity. I strongly believe that these attacks happened mainly because America is a nation founded on the Christian faith. As for Kenya, a vast majority, 83% or more is Christian; and from the New Yorker, as reported by James Verini, this account caught my eye:
Survivors were claiming that after entering stores and restaurants, the gunmen told Muslims to leave. A police officer told me, “I heard these guys, they came in and asked, ‘Are you Christian?’ They shot you. ‘Are you Muslim?’ They let you go.” Maggie claims that as the gunmen shot the man on the ground, they yelled, “Allahu Akbar!”
This reminds me of Elijah on mount Carmel. He was a wanted man. People of his kind were being killed by Jezebel but he stood firm. He even challenged his enemies to a contest. Elijah also made a call to the people of God: “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. (1 Kings 18:21). As Christians, we cannot remain silent when we find ourselves in such situations. May our faith be so ignited that even in the face of danger or face of death; we will still declare that Jesus Christ is Lord! Silence may be portrayed as denying Him who saved us. Jesus said, “Everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33). We must stand for the truth that we believe in; and though the enemy rushes in like a flood, this is our confidence, that the spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19).
Any time you see someone or a place under attack, it means that that person or that place has a prophetic destiny. It means that there is something in their destiny that the enemy does not want to happen. Christians beware; Satan will not attack his own. Despite these attacks, I know people of faith will stand. If we cannot stand for our faith; if we cannot stand for our identity, we will not stand at all. (Isaiah 7:9).
In this difficult moment when some people have lost their loved ones in the hands of terrorism, many injured and others held captive in that shopping mall in Kenya, I call our attention to Isaiah chapter 7, declaring that our God is ever faithful. He sent Isaiah with a message to King Ahaz of Judah and didn’t leave him and his people to welter in their fears. Isaiah had a message of hope from God telling them that they should be careful, remain calm and not be afraid. God told them not to lose heart because of “smoldering stubs of firewood.” In God’s eyes, that is what the enemy in the name of terrorism is. This enemy may come to cause terror in us but because we know whom we have believed – the mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient (Isaiah3:2), so we believe in His message – we are to be careful, remain calm and not be afraid. (Isaiah 7:4). They have made their plans. But nothing will come of it. There is no wisdom, no insight and no plan that can succeed against the Lord. (Proverbs 21:30). Take heart beloved of God,