ADVERTISING
 
Friday, September 21   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 

 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 

POLL
Faith and political views
In my church...




SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Peirong Lin
 

Living with Hope – In the Face of Today’s Unrest

While we knew that Muslim Extremism was a relevant topic for our bi-annual breakfast seminar, never did we expect this seminar to be so timely, as the Parisian attacks happened on the eve of this seminar.

INSTITUTE - LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS AUTHOR Peirong Lin 02 DECEMBER 2015 15:31 h GMT+1
brussels, police, lockdown, christmas A Belgian soldier patrols along a Christmas market in Brussels. / Agencies

On the 15th November, we invited Prof. Christine Schirrmacher to our bi-annual ILE breakfast seminar on Muslim Extremism, is there an end coming? While we knew that it was a relevant topic, never did we expect this seminar to be so timely, as the Parisian attacks happened on the eve of this seminar.



During this seminar, Prof. Schirrmacher first approached seminar from a sociological point of view, showing the different social pressures that led to the Arab spring as well as the ongoing unrest.



She continued discussing the different power players at war, gave an introduction to the IS and provided suggestions to the current crisis. Some reasons included: a) Despotism? b) Dysfunctional “state” structures c) Sunni-Shi‘i conflict as well as the Politicisation of Islam.



A week later, Brussels was on the highest terror alert since the second World War. It was a few interesting days in Brussels. As a resident of Brussels, I spent more time than I should following as much news as I can as I hear the frequent police sirens and see fully armed army personnel. On one brave day when I ventured a walk out in my neighborhood to go to church, I found road blocks with police cars and tank-like cars on my way back giving me the scare.

I have been wondering what hope might look like in a season like this. Last Sunday, we lit the candle of hope in the advent calendar; pondering about the virtue of hope in Jesus. Below, I suggest two ways about what hope might mean for us.



 



PEOPLE OF HOPE ARE OPEN



In suggesting what we can do regarding Muslim Extremism, Professor Schirrmacher suggested that we be ‘bridgebuilders’. Instead of building walls of fear, to actively work with vulnerable neighborhoods in our areas to open dialogue and engagement. This can include working with the Muslim community, engaging with key stakeholders.  It is only in the spirit of openness can there be true understanding and possible change.



 



PEOPLE OF HOPE ARE INFORMED



This crisis in the Middle East does not seem to have a foreseeable end. However, this is no reason to despair. As Christians, our reality is intricately linked to Jesus. In his life, death, resurrection and future consummation. It is in understanding Jesus, as well as our current reality that we can truly act.



We live in challenging times of reality. But this does not mean that we should not engage. Instead it is an opportunity to live the reality of Christ in our lives. Living in the ‘here and not yet’, we do not shy away from this world’s brokenness. We actively seek to understand the situation at hand. At the same time, we also continue to engage prophetically.



Jesus did not just die for our sins. He also rose. In defeating death, he has promised life and new creation for all things. It is in this promise that we have the confidence to act, to bear witness to the coming Kingdom of God, where all things are made new. May you have a good season of advent as you ponder about the mysterious ways of our Lord in the reality that you are in. 



“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2nd Corinthians 4:8-9)



 



Peirong Lin is Research Assistant at the Evangelical Theological Faculty, Leuven, Belgium and the Coordinator for the Institute of Leadership and Ethics. 



For more information about this Breakfast Seminar, please refer here.



This blog is part of a blog series on Leadership & Social Ethics, published by the Institute of Leadership and Ethics. For more information, please visit their website.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - - Living with Hope – In the Face of Today’s Unrest
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
VIDEO Video
 
How does romantic love change over time? How does romantic love change over time?

Psychatrist Pablo Martínez uses a metaphor to explain how romantic love evolves.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility

Author Bruce Little: “We have moved from a sense of responsibility to ‘my personal rights’”.

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.