In France: A Fabric Torn a prominent pastor wrote about the attacks in Paris:
Now is a time for France — and all of us — to hear the words of Jesus, “Do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem [or Paris]? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish (Luke 13:3-4).
But to lay this passage upon the hurting people of Paris is to take Jesus’ words completely out of context. Jesus didn’t say those words to people who had just suffered the worst day of their lives. He was talking to a crowd who chose to listen to what he had to say about God.
When Jesus did talk about people who are hurting he said we are to care for them, not that we are to evangelize them. In fact, there is not a word of evangelism in his most well-known story on the subject.
There may be opportunities to share the gospel, but when someone experiences a disaster our first response is not to be “Let me tell you how much you need Jesus.” Our first response is to be “I am here for you.”
Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:30-37.)