The Evil Within

A number of years ago there was a column in the local newspaper written by a psychologist. The column was what one would expect as it dealt with the problems common to people, like depression, anxiety, relationships and so forth. Since the psychologist did not possess a biblical worldview, terms related to nature or nurture, mental illness and the various treatments were common until one day it all seemed to unravel for this particular psychologist.

The psychologist (not a religious person by his own admission) had a patient that he could not neatly fit into the DSM IV categories. The reason? The psychologist came to believe the man he was counseling was simply evil. The psychologist seemed to conclude that the man did not possess a moral barometer (something Christians would call a conscience). The psychologist was shaken by his conclusion and it led him to consider the spiritual nature of people-something that his training had not explored or considered as it applied to human behavior.

That is what came to my mind in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. What we heard by way of explanation was that the shooter was “crazy”, “sick”, “distraught”, “unhinged” and so forth.  All of that was followed by the usual blame the gun, blame politicians and pleas to “do something” while never suggesting anything specific that would have mattered.

Psychology does not consider evil like the Bible does and our culture is fully immersed in psychological (mostly materialistic\Darwinian) explanations and categories.

Psychology does not consider sin (although a religious psychologist might) and is thus reluctant to deal in moral categories and thus would not label a heinous act as evil\sin but rather as a type of disease, sickness or temporary insanity. That’s what bothered the psychologist I mentioned above. He dealt with mental illnesses, not moral categories and certainly not people given over to evil and the revelation shocked him.

The Bible, on the other hand, diagnoses our fundamental problem. Here is the apostle Paul quoting from, mostly, the Psalms in the Old Testament:

Romans 3:10-18

“None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands;
       no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
        no one does good,
        not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
        they use their tongues to deceive.”
   “The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14  “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16      in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

The passage turns on its head the notion that people are “basically good” and when they do bad, evil things like mass murder, they have some mental illness or disease. While not all people act out all the evil they are capable of (thank God), some do and we witness it on a daily basis. Yet, the majority of people remain blind to “the evil within.”

We really should not expect an unbelieving world to grasp all the ramifications of evil since the unbelieving world does not have a fear of God (vs 18). Without that fundamental fear of God the world will always look for solutions for people’s problems apart from considering “the evil within” and will continue to treat evil as a mental illness and\or blame game to gain political points.

Every time there is a terrorist attacks or a mass murder I go into a frustrated funk and grieve about our sin sick world. It takes me a day or two to once again comprehend what is truly going on.

A western person given over to evil can orchestrate a Las Vegas type massacre just as easily as a religiously minded Islamic terrorist.  There is little difference since both spring from a belief system that does not consider the God of the Bible nor mankind’s essential problem of the evil within us all.

What are we to do?

Our theology will control our reaction to these things or something else will. At the very least we can come to understand that God can use horrible evil situations to draw attention to the fact of evil (and the spiritual realm in general) and begin to open the minds of survivors to truth and thus provide the one and only remedy to the evil within us all:

Romans 3:21-24
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Hey Christians, #ShoutYourAbortion

downloadThe advent of social media has brought us much to be indebted for. Never before have we been so swiftly and easily able to see the heart condition of a person, whether they hide behind a pseudonym or have the stones enough to just come right out with their given name. Never before have we been able to readily see the cattle head toward the slaughter upon the wide road with such clarity.

We may have believed the road was wide and easy that led to hell, but my God, we surely didn’t comprehend how very wide it actually was! Amazingly, we never quite stopped to think what was upon the road with them along the way – leading them with smoke signals by day, fire by night, masquerading as one worthy of being followed; imitating the very God whom they reject.

You see, there are two sacrifices being offered at the traveling altar of Molech. Some of the herd birth calves along the way, and yet some even become wranglers – training them up in the wisdom of this age in order to maintain that herd mentality by roping them in. These are living sacrifices to Molech, given in service to proselytize the ignorant kidlingers whom will join them later for the bloodier sacrifice. Of course, after ten videos from the CMP, we know all too well what that bloodier sacrifice is. You can’t even hide under a rock and not know about this anymore; you’d have to be the rock…

Yet for the moment, let us think about those living sacrifices being offered up to service of Molech, who speak on his behalf:

“I don’t care if Planned Parenthood provides nothing BUT abortion services. I don’t care if it’s a million-story abortion superpark with abortion waterslides and an abortion electrical parade. Abortion is legal. ABORTION IS LEGAL. If I read one more ‘defense’ of Planned Parenthood that says, ‘it’s not JUST abortions!’ or ‘only 5% of what they do is abortion! And abortions aren’t federally funded!’ I’m going to abort myself. Abortion is legal, culturally necessary, and good for humanity. It has been and will be practiced for millennia. It is essential. It is a fact. By minimizing, denying or apologizing for this fact, you are allowing these venal anti-woman Nazis to frame this debate and continue to chip away at this essential right. Abortion is not tragic. It is not painful. It is a fact. It is a right. Demand it, fight for it, and for the sake of women who have given their lives to defend it, stop apologizing for it.”

Never-you-mind the ironic disregard to Godwin’s Law by those whom declare you can’t rightfully call abortion the “Great American Holocaust” because of that same law.

More to the point, we already knew this was the real disposition behind support of abortion. The flippant terminology and expressions throughout this comment should upset you. #ShoutYourAbortion should upset you. You should have multiple, visceral reactions toward how abortion is being performed, what they are doing with the aborted baby, and the flippant conversations being had not only from the upper echelons of the Planned Parenthood infrastructure – but your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. You should, time and again, be at a loss for words and expressive feelings.

"They use everything about the hog except the squeal" (Upton Sinclair - The Jungle).

“They use everything about the hog except the squeal” (Upton Sinclair – The Jungle).

Sadly, this herd never knows of the slaughter ahead of them. The ones killing infants now in order to appease the gods of this age are so blind to the end-game. Willfully so, yet nonetheless, blind. We know they shall pronounce woe upon themselves and become utterly undone when they stand in judgment before Him. Thus, we cry out not only to snatch the bloody, infant sacrifice from before the altar – but to snatch the living sacrifice to Molech from the hell-fire that awaits them. It has never been about defunding Planned Parenthood (not alone, at least). It has always been about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has been about rescuing people from death, physical and spiritual. It is about as grotesque of a situation as you can get, where the lines from Planned Parenthood elites sound like a bad parody of Upton Sinclair’s: The Jungle.

Inventors of evil know how to mobilize well.

Evil men and women will only continue to do what they know and are sold into bondage to do. They will continue to be inventors of evil unless they are brought to new life by the Spirit of God. So while they hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion with blood upon their hands, push it right back on them. Heap coals upon their heads through the display of love which is a concept so foreign to them, even though they use it militantly. Speak plainly to this sin; do not mince your words. Speak plainly to the gospel; do not hold back and refrain from any part. Speak plainly to what it looks like to walk in those deeds which He prepared beforehand for the purpose of His glory.

Stop being indifferent and do something. If you have done something – good; persevere in this until the end.

While you should not be known as a one-trick, abortive-opposing pony – you can’t ignore this topic. If you uphold the full truth of God, speaking out against abortion will undoubtedly be part of your identity in Christ. Simply put: abortion does not make your entire identity in Christ. Christ does this. Yet if your identity is in Christ, you should speak plainly to what abortion is and you should actually, physically go do something about it besides posting on social media.

If you claim Christ and you just don’t care, or you support this woefully wicked agenda, you might just find yourself on that broad road with Ol’ Molech as well. Can you truthfully tell me your affection is for Christ when you so clearly “nothing” or despise one with the Imago Dei?

You can’t #ShoutYourAbortion and tell me you really love God.