2020 Global Terrorism Index Reports Far-right Terrorism is Growing in Western Countries

The header photo shows a neo-Nazi rally in Washington D.C. from 2008. (Photo by Utilisateur bootbeardbc de flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bootbearwdc/), CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

In early October, the FBI thwarted a plot to kidnap and possibly murder the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer. The several men arrested all had ties to militias and white supremacy groups in the state and beyond.

This incident visibly demonstrated a growing trend: far-right terrorism in Western countries. These numbers include neo-Nazis, ultra-nationalists, and white supremacist groups. According to the 2020 Global Terrorism Index, far-right terrorist violence has increased by 250% over the past 5 years. Read the full report here.

How can Christians respond to this trend?

Bruce Allen of FMI says, “We need to pray for clear vision, as we examine our own hearts. Do we hold on to values that are antithetical to true Gospel ministry? Are we people who bully other people and say, ‘My way or the highway?’ Are we people who thrive on division rather than unity?”

Jesus said those outside the Church would recognize Christians because of their love for each other. Allen points out that in divisive political times, Christians have a chance to show what love between people with different political leanings looks like. “Do we know how to operate in harmony with each other, and, and rely on each other’s strengths, and then also share our strengths with them?”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray Christians will show the love and reconciliation of Jesus to a divided and wounded world.