The victims of ISIS need more than #prayforParis (and Beirut, Kenya, etc).
They need us to #prayAND.
Let us be clear: #prayforParis and French flags over profile pictures are good first steps–we cannot underestimate the value of standing with and for the victims. But let’s be equally clear on this point: empathy left on its own soon withers into mere pity. Also, please don’t hear me saying that prayer isn’t of huge value; God clearly calls us to pray.
But here is a truth we must live out: people of faith have always begun with prayer, but true people of faith never stop at prayer.
There are so many victims that its hard to know where to start. But since we have to start somewhere, my family and I have started with some of the victims who have born the brunt of the evil of ISIS.
Syrian refugees would give everything to be as safe as the people of Paris were the night of Nov 13th.
Let that sink in.