When you imagine the word “evil” and the deeds associated with evil, what images or words appear in your mind’s eye?
In my mind, I remember learning of the holocaust. I remember learning how one group of people felt they were superior and had the “right” and “obligation” to TAKE the lives of those who were defenseless, weak, and trusting. Evil killed 11 million people. And when the world heard of this we were in horror and dismay. The world cried out, “This cannot be allowed to happen on our watch!” Christians around the world were petitioning their Savior to come to the rescue and not allow anything like this to ever occur again. NEVER AGAIN!
Pondering further back I see:
Evil killed Abel. Evil killed Uriah. Evil killed Stephen. Evil killed Jesus.
And what lies behind this evil? It is the same deceptive, cunning snake that was in the garden whispering venomous lies into the ear of our mother Eve. Those tantalizing whispers planted a doubt that God just cannot be trusted. I mean my goodness, why can’t you take control and choose the life that feels best to you?
“You NEED to take your life in your own hands.”
“You NEED to take control.”
“Take it. Nothing will happen except that you FINALLY stand up for yourself and you will FINALLY get what YOU want.”
And our mother took the bait. And we her children are still taking the bait. She listened to the creature who masquerades in beauty but is the epitome of hate. He is still managing to pull the wool over the eyes of women. He still continues to get us to take the bait of control. And we keep listening to him – that evil one.
Evil promises beauty but in the end we get ashes. Miraculously, God can turn ashes into beauty because He alone is the Ancient of Days and the Giver of Life.
What would happen if we women totally trusted in the God of the universe? What if we truly believed in The One, who we say with our very mouths, to be sovereign, omniscient, loving, forgiving, righteous, just, our redeemer, our All-in-All?
Sleeper, open your eyes. In Jesus’ name may the deception be made known to us and that we can discern the spirits with 20/20 vision. May our choices reflect the words we say in our prayers, sing in our churches, and preach to the world.
We need to bring what is hidden behind the veil of darkness and pull it into the light. Expose evil. See if we are not moved and compelled to stop this wicked treatment of our most vulnerable and defenseless lives.
Those willing to murder the unborn should never be trusted to govern the living.
But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted. (1 Timothy 1:8-11)