Global Media Outreach (GMO) reported a huge spike in the number of people in France accessing their sites since the French murders earlier this month. GMO is an online ministry that reaches worldwide with the message of Christ’s love. Globally, about one million people a day go to one of their 200 websites with questions about God, Jesus Christ, suffering, and hope. The January 7 attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists left 12 dead and sent shock waves of fear throughout the country where Muslims make up almost 10% of the population. Since that day the number of French going to the GMO sites has doubled.
Tragedy either drives people to God or away from him. But more often than not, suffering at both the personal and societal levels jolts us into thinking about what really matters in life. C. S. Lewis’s well-know thought is appropriate: God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.