Relativism in our society today purposely blurs the distinctions between good and evil. Deliberate horrific actions, however, snap us to attention and bring into stark focus the great chasm between right and wrong, righteousness and wickedness, good and evil. The horrific terrorist attack in Boston during the marathon was a clear demonstration of undeniable evil. The mindless, heartless devastation and injury of innocent people reveals evil’s intended end: destruction of precious life. Evil manifests by its disregard of everything meaningful, valuable, and important to life, peace and security. Even those who doubt or even deny the existence of God, for whatever reason, all seem to acknowledge there is an undeniable force of evil present in this world.
The world has seldom faced such an insidious enemy as terrorism. It is far bigger than any one of its expressions such as al-Qaeda, serial killers, or mentally deranged individuals such as we witnessed in Newtown, Connecticut, last December. The whole world witnessed evil’s fury on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the fields of Pennsylvania. Hollywood movies depict evil’s awful intentions just as in the recent movie Olympus Has Fallen. Unrestrained evil is the enemy of all free societies.
God’s Word challenges every believer to stand boldly, suited up in the armor of God, resisting evil’s influence on every front. Before the Kingdom to come, evil will not be destroyed on this earth, but it can be defeated with wisdom from God. Today’s enemies of life cannot always be readily identified or eliminated as a single maniacal dictator, such as Adolph Hitler. There are likely millions of demented miniature Hitlers all over the world and in our own midst we frequently refer to as “terrorists.” They are suicidal and murderous, willing to die in order to take out 10 people or 10 million. Their targets may range from large sporting events to children’s parks; from five-star restaurants to fast-food outlets; from the heart of Jerusalem to the heart of America.
Some terrorists will be very impatient, striking out in ineffective, poorly planned attacks. Others will be calculating enough to lease space in a high-rise building and deliver their weapon, even with nuclear capability, in a briefcase hidden under a rented desk after they are long gone. Hundreds of scenarios exist and there is not enough military might to completely defeat or control this enemy. Supernatural wisdom and direction is our only hope.
The Barna Research Group reports that 91% of Americans believe in a “higher power.” Americans must meet this higher power. We must know the mind, will and way of God, because it is only through God that we can find control and security.
Every great society has had to take evil into account – and decisive, principled action has been the only proven remedy. Our nation’s leaders must have the heart, the courage and the humility to lead us without the fear of men and their opinions. Decisions must be guided by the absolute, unshakable principles upon which freedom was established and will safely stand.
The principles upon which our nation was established — ideas such as justice, peace, freedom, responsibility and sacrifice — are our only safeguards. Those nations and individuals throughout the world who fail to understand these principles will never willingly make the sacrifices necessary to ensure freedom’s survival. While everyone should rightly rejoice over victories like the abolition of slavery, we should all weep over the possibility of Americans witnessing the abolition of freedom. If freedom is to survive, we must reengage the irrefutable absolutes to govern our lives and our society. Christians must steadfastly resist the forces of evil while offering comfort and counsel to those hurt by it.
President Reagan had the “frankness and vigor” to stand up against the Soviet threat. In our times of prayer together, he sought wisdom from above. He believed the verse I shared with him concerning security, “The shields of the earth are the Lord’s.” He found the courage to “convert retreat into advance” and demand that the Soviets “tear down this wall” in Berlin because he knew that the forces of good would eventually overcome the cruel and oppressive forces of evil. Backed by military superiority, America and the free world presented a better idea than Marxism. Ultimately, only a better idea can prevail over flawed ideology.
Our national, local and church leaders must understand this truth today. We must recognize the depths of hatred and malevolence behind terrorist activities here at home and around the world. Good must ultimately triumph over evil. We must not fear evil; we must face it while never spurning God’s wisdom, but embracing it. Our nation needs God-given insight, power, protection, direction and wisdom at this critical moment in human history. There is no quick solution to the challenges we now face. It will not soon go away. Only those who are strong, principled and willing to sacrifice will endure and overcome. To face the evil that murders the innocent, frightens the weak and enslaves the willing, we must reach higher, seek wisdom and stand strong.
While Americans and freedom loving people around the world openly express their horror at the heartless destruction of the innocent, should we not examine our own hearts as a people? Our great nation has silently allowed the termination of more than fifty million little innocent lives to be taken in the wombs of their mothers. Hitler murdered over eleven million people in the Holocaust, and Stalin almost twenty million. America has doubled that and the casualties are still mounting.
Right now, the trial of Kermit Gosnell is quietly unfolding. His unconscionable taking of life puts the most murderous criminals to shame. The charges include the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old mother, and seven babies born alive, then cruelly put to death. Last week, a former clinic worker testified that he witnessed about 100 babies born and then killed by Gosnell and his staff. The media is largely ignoring this spectacular trial because it reveals the truth about their sacred “right” called abortion.
As the prophet Haggai implored the people, “Surely it is time to consider our ways!” While seeking protection from terrorism and other forms of evil, we must diligently seek God’s divine enabling to recognize it in our own hearts and turn away from it. We must cease moving away from the hedge of protection offered by God’s eternal Word and allowing principled walls of absolute truth to be torn down. Our crumbling foundation must be restored if we expect to stand safely with the protection our founders recognized, appreciated and depended upon: Divine Providence.
 Psalm 47:9 NAS
As you know we experienced a tragedy this week with the explosion of a factory in the small town of West, Texas which is south of the D/FW area. Please pray for the families and loved ones who were affected. Our LIFE Outreach team is on the scene seeking ways we can offer meaningful assistance.