It’s oh so natural
Evil has a long and sobering history. There is nothing new under the sun….not torture and murder, not rape and enslavement, not subjugation, treachery, serial lying, and all manners and expressions of vile hatred. We have been a people prone to wickedness since the days of Adam and Eve. It’s in our nature.
Is there any other truth more obvious yet less acknowledged today?
We can look afar to see the evidence….Afghanistan, China, North Korea. But we needn’t, because there’s plenty of it in our own streets, government offices, corporate boardrooms, entertainment industries, and even our churches. Evil is ubiquitous and ineradicable; it’s everywhere we look and cannot be rooted out.
If there was widespread recognition of this reality – that human nature bends toward satisfying oneself even at the expense of others – we’d be on our guard against our own and others’ evil tendencies and make wiser choices. Such as:
- rejecting socialism/communism/Marxism because we know that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely
- resisting efforts by our government leaders to acquire more power and control, however incrementally, because see number one
- swift arrest and prosecution of rioters and looters because we know that lax enforcement of laws emboldens and encourages them to continue and even increase the magnitude of their wicked deeds
- rejecting the wholesale acceptance of transgenderism because we know that some men will take advantage of the opportunity to abuse and overpower women
- rejecting Critical Race Theory because we recognize its Marxist roots and goals and see number one
- not whitewashing the evil of killing infants in the womb with euphemisms and deceptive descriptors like “reproductive health” because we know that it legitimizes and encourages women’s and men’s selfish motivations to kill for convenience rather than sacrifice for the life of the child they helped create
- banning pornography because we know that it fuels sexual lust and exploitation
- not demonizing those who disagree with you because we know it encourages our evil tendency to consider ourselves superior to others
- revising or discontinuing certain social programs and policies because we know that we are prone to choose ease and laziness over responsibility if it’s offered to us
- supporting and fortifying the police instead of defunding them because we know that evil is indeed ubiquitous and ineradicable and we need a strong and capable force to oppose and control it
Technically speaking, evil is not ultimately ineradicable. At least for a certain segment of humankind. For the rest, it will forever be so, and it will literally be hell. For now, the way to minimize the evil in our own hearts and the hearts of others is by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we turn to God in repentance and faith he comes to actually dwell within us, giving us that power to resist and combat evil.
“God so loved the world” that 2,000 years ago he came in the person of Jesus Christ as Savior. Someday, maybe soon, he will return as Judge. May you be among his faithful followers who will be spared his righteous wrath.
The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.Revelation 11:18