Faith, courage and peace in a world of terrorism

Our hearts break for the families who have lost loved ones in Paris.

Once again, we have been painfully reminded that we live in a dangerous world where religious extremists are willing to kill and massacre in the name of God.

These were innocent people living their lives, going to dinner, attending a soccer match, listening to live music at a concert hall.

These were husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters. It is sickening and infuriating.

They had no idea that Friday, Nov. 13, would be their final day.

How are we to respond? It is clear that these religious extremists have no interest in peace.

They have no interest in dialogue. They have no interest in respecting human life or the ways of the civilized world.

This is the 21st century face of evil, and you cannot rationalize with evil. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the great church leaders in the early 20th century.

He believed in community. He believed in peace. He believed in the ways and teachings of Christ.

However, when confronted with the reality that was Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, he went in on an assassination plot.

He believed that there is only one way to deal with that type of evil.

ISIS must be dealt with. Their goal is not only a global caliphate but for all of us to live paralyzed by fear. We cannot let them succeed.

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