Revd Canon Lisa Battye
you will VERY rarely find me appealing to people like this, but as a local parish priest and area dean of Salford please let me do so today. The Easter Candle lit up St Paul's Church the day after the attack, for everyone hurt and traumatised, and as we were praying I turned to the wisdom of the Bible for help with the outrage that I myself was feeling, which is why I am writing this now.
The victims were friends and family of people we know, which makes an especially important time to be wise and strong. And the way that the bible invites us to do this, which is the way that REALLY DESTROYS terror, is when it says “Let love be genuine: hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good” (Romans chapter 12 verse 9). It also says not to take revenge: “Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called - that you might inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9)
Please can we all turn our anger into prayer, and show these terrorists that we are bigger people. Please don’t let our children play into their hands and start hurting people who are different in some way. The terrorists WANT us to be like them so that they can justify the hatred in their own hearts.
They will never win if we turn our grief and anger into love. At times like this the best thing we can do is act on our core Christian values. Love, not hate.