For the second time inside a year, the Archbishop of Canterbury has declared his doubting of God’s presence in the face of the particular atrocity and disaster.
This is as remarkable as it is alarming and gives little inspiration to all of whom he is chosen to give leadership.
Likewise, this may also reflect upon the silent majority of clerics who have no answer to the dilemmas and sorrows that presently afflict this earth. A new evil has arisen within a region in which there will be more travail and grief.
The inspired word transcends such befuddled thinking and God has not left anything unanswerable to all who would search out his will and purpose. What did God say of the Arab in the day of its first identity - “He will be a wild man, his hand will be against every man and every man’s hand against him.” (Genesis 16 v.12)
We ignore the written word at our peril to our perception of the realisation of what is unfolding in our midst and of what Christ Himself declared as “distress of nations with perplexity” within these last days.
The world clamours for a peace that is denied them as they indulge in all their pleasures and the apostle Paul was given the authority to remind those who were and would be diligent and aware that “when they shall say peace and safety then sudden destruction cometh....”
The context of Isil, with all its horrors, is most surely a demonstration that evil will prevail which can only be understood within scriptural teachings in which God has given His answer.
David Pinkerton, Newtownards