Jesus is always revealing Himself to us. He is always near. He is on the earth with His people. He is with us. He is not distant and unknowing. He seeks us out. He appears to us and asks us every question He asked Saul on his way to Damascus. We must ask, “Is there religious terror in our hearts because of being right, smug in our perfection of doctrine and method, orthodox and bundled tightly in correctness of “historical truth” without current authenticity? And all the while, are we are able to ignore “our brothers whom we have seen” in their despair, poverty, hunger and disease? This is terror of the silent kind. It is the terror of passiveness and apathy. It might be the terror of non-response and non-giving, or the terror of non-caring. It is the terror of being religious but not spiritual.
Jesus would clearly ask us what He asked Saul on that Damascus Road, “Why are you persecuting me?” When we ignore and terrorize by silence, we persecute others. Terror is terror whether it is loud and exploding or silent and exploding.
“Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” Saul asked, “Who are you, sir?” The person replied, “I’m Jesus, the one you’re persecuting.” Jesus