Christian leader reacts to Syria chemical attack, highlights eternal hope with God

A Christian leader has denounced the recent chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's Idlib province, which killed at least 70 people mostly children, but he also highlighted the hope of eternal life with God that Christians can hold on to despite the danger and death that they are facing.

(REUTERS / Ammar Abdullah)A man carries the body of a dead child, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017.

Last week, the international community was stirred after news surfaced about the deadly chemical attack in a rebel-held area in northern Syria. More than 70 people have died after inhaling toxic chemicals which caused them to vomit, choke, and foam at the mouth, Mission Network News details.

Reacting to the chemical attack in Syria, Todd Nettleton of The voice of the Martyrs USA expressed hope that the situation in that territory will spur the world to raise awareness and to help the people there. Denouncing the attack as a "heinous" act, he highlighted the need to provide peace and comfort to the victims, especially to those whose loved ones died in the incident.

"But I think, at the bottom line, the Gospel brings hope. The thought of eternity with Christ means even if I am killed on this earth, I have the hope of eternity," said Nettleton, according to MNN. "I have hope for a future with Jesus. And, sometimes in desperate situations, that really is all you have is the hope that there can be eternity in heaven."

Meanwhile, the United States has responded to the chemical attack by launching a missile strike that targeted a Syrian air base which the Pentagon said was being used to store chemical weapons. It marked the first time that the U.S. military directly struck against forces under the command of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the BBC notes.

In a statement, U.S. President Donald Trump said the order to attack the Syrian air base stemmed from America's "vital national security interest" to stop the chemical weapons from being used. He also called Assad a dictator and urged other countries to join the move to put a stop to the violence in Syria.