who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe.
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)
is ultimately in charge, He allows Satan to roam free…at least for a time. One day Jesus will come back and Satan
will get what he deserves for leading people astray. But for now we must realize that evil persists in this world
tries to convince people to do evil things. And those who don’t believe in a one true moral and holy and
just God are prime targets for this.
Some examples of this include the Holocaust, genocide in places around
the world including Bosnia, Sudan, Somalia, Cambodia and Rwanda, and the
capture of children in places in Africa to be turned into soldiers who will
kill innocent people and rape and kill women.
isn’t satisfied with only convincing people who don’t know Jesus to do
evil. His ultimate goal is to come
between God and us so he tries extra hard to lure us into evil as well. In writing to early Christians Peter
says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Stay alert!
Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to
capable of evil? Yes. We all have the capacity for evil in
us. We may not have it in us to do
the horrific things that were mentioned earlier. But anything that leads others
and us away from God is evil. It’s
what we struggle with as the Holy Spirit battles our sinful nature.
be things we do, but can also be seen when we do nothing and allow things to
persist that are evil. Maybe
you’ve heard the quote by Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph
of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
way, whether by what we do or what we don’t do, evil persists when we’re
distracted and fall into the temptations of the devil. Protect yourself from that by staying
close to God constantly. And
always remember, no matter how much evil is in this world, Jesus has won the
final battle against it. Eternity will be ruled by the King of kings, not
Satan, the temporary god of this world.
In the love of Christ,