LISTEN: Avoiding Terror Fatigue (The Cross in Culture #17 with Daniel Whyte III)


Welcome to the Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast where we consider different perspectives on what is happening in our culture and apply a biblical worldview. I am your host, Daniel Whyte III. This is episode #17.

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This episode is titled, Avoiding Terror Fatigue

In light of the recent terror attacks around the world, this week, USA Today published an article about the prevalence of something called “terror fatigue.”

The writer described it as such: “It feels as though it’s happening everyday: Bodies of the innocent strewn across the airport, the nightclub, the subway. And while we catalog the atrocities with varying degrees of horror, we quickly return to the TV, the meal, the commute, accustomed to a world where the threat of violence is part of the routine.”

It is easy for us to grow complacent and to turn a blind eye to the pain and suffering in the world. It is easy for us to think of it as happening to “those people.” It is easy for us to become numb to it.

But, no matter, how often it happens, we must realize that there are lives being lost — mother, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, student, employees. All people whom God loves, whom Jesus died for.

The Bible tells us that He made all men in His image. We each carry the image of God. When one person is killed it is an affront to God. That is why we must never see the aftermath of a terror attack as just another statistic, just another set of digits to add to the ones that have come before. We are to “weep with them that weep,” and never lose sight of the urgency with which we must confront the evil in the world.

In closing, let me leave you with a Scripture and a quote.

Hebrews 13:3 says, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”

Donna Lynn Hope said, “Affliction equips the suffering to empathize with others in anguish and not only does it strengthen them, it enables them to be consoling comforters in a world full of hurt.”

In light of what we have discussed today, I want to remind you that in our ever-changing world, there is one Person who never changes. That person is Jesus Christ. The Bible says that He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He is not subject to the whims of society or popular opinion. He has an unchanging, eternal love for you. If you do not know Him as your Savior, I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.