Here are 10 ways that Christians can respond to the Middle East’s crises, advises college professor Karen Jensen, author of the Parenting with Purpose series. "Do what God said and ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ (Psalm 122:6). Weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). Grieve with those who have lost loved ones. Don't become numb to the tragic loss of life. Pray for the families involved. Use the right lens. Make every effort to look at everyone involved through the lens of shared humanity rather than the lens of politics or religion, and respond accordingly, even in your everyday conversation. Forgive (Matthew 6:14, 15). It's what we're called to as Christians. We have been forgiven all - we're required to do the same. Do the opposite of what the world does. ‘Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you’ (Matthew 5:44). Notice those are all action words. Get involved. Is there a concrete way God would have you get involved? Ask Him. There are many organizations you could become a part of. Geographic distance doesn't excuse us from participating with a Christlike compassion."
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