Halloween is tomorrow! It is always a very interesting time of the year. Dressing up, candy, parties, and of course scary movies.
It used to be that I didn’t mind scary movies, in fact I found some to be enjoyable. Over the years my perspective has changed. I feel like I am a little more sensitive to horror movies. Maybe it is the increased goriness in the content of these movies, or maybe it’s what the Lord has done in me. I cringe when I see the previews on television.
As I assess things I see on the news and even in my work in the schools, it seems there is a lot of desensitization to horrific things. A teacher told me that as she discussed the terror attacks on September 11th 2001, her students were unemotional regarding the topic. “A plane ran into a building. So what?” As the discussion turned to general acts of terror one student said of suicide bombers, “Well, at least he doesn’t have to go to jail.”
These comments can probably be reasoned away and I by no means want to single out the response of this one kid. Instead, I would like to urge everyone to consider the evil around us. Now, when I say evil it always seems to elicit images of fantasy and sci-fi movies. Maybe we think of the most outrageous real-life acts of evil, like Hitler and the holocaust. Consider the evil that we might be around daily. Just taking the first definition of evil from Merriam-Webster.com you get: “1a :morally reprehensible”. So let’s break that down. What is moral? “1a :of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior” and what is reprehensible? (reprehend) “:to voice disapproval of “. With these definitions evil might be summarized as, behavior that violates principles of right and wrong.
Right and wrong. Who defines that? Seems to me the world we live in has decided to loosen the parameters on right and wrong. Sitting in a meeting with some teachers last week and one teacher was appalled at the casual use of profane language from the kids. I read a post on nextdoor.com about some kids smoking at the bus stop. Now, I admittedly smoked in high school, but we did it in secret because we knew it was wrong. Those same principles of right and wrong are difficult to find. So, if we have redefined what is right and wrong, then there can be no violation of principles that no longer exists and evil also does not exist. Right?
Don’t be deceived friends. Do not discount or write-off the evil that exists in our world. Deceitfully evil operates under the guise of political correctness and equality. It is tearing apart the moral fiber of our communities, our country and the world. Evil seems such a harsh word, but that’s just what it is. It infiltrates our homes, our schools, our work places, politics, entertainment, social circles and even our churches. Yes, even in the church. We have representatives and leaders in the church that masquerade as honorable and upright people when in reality there are evil intentions.
If you have any agreement at all to the recognition of evil in our world, I urge you to consider the converse component, good. In moral principles there is right and wrong. Who defines that? Where do we get that? When someone does right and wrong, where do they get that from? Parents, environmental learning? Is it innate?
I have come to believe there is one and only ONE that is right and good. Jesus is the sole author of good and right. He sets the path, paves the way and guides us on the journey. There is none good but God. When we walk apart from God, we walk apart from truth and righteousness. If you can see the evil that is living among us. If you recognize the evil that is permeating in our world and becoming widely accepted as “normal” behavior, turn to the Word of God. Seek to hear the Lord through scripture and prayer and see the principles that have been set before us to live by. In love, always in love, stand firm in truth and against evil.
Like these horror movies that evolve into increasingly more gruesome and disturbing portrayals of life, reality also evolves in a way that evil has become normalized. We get desensitized. We get accepting. We tolerate the evil among us. Stand up against evil by seeking what is right and good. -jason