Asking Why Evil Happens is Not the Question a Christian Should Ask
Laws of man cannot stop evil from flourishing
We need to stop living in a bubble. When I hear commentators ask how to stop the carnage like the one that happened in Florida on Valentine’s Day, I shudder because to every believer, the answer is very clear. Sin is the culprit. Not guns, not laws, not circumstance, but sin.
A worldly focus
Sadly, the focus in the media misses the point. When a man is determined to destroy, the media goes silent in its echo chamber by rushing to offer explanations that are utter platitudes, that ignore the spiritual.
Why so much mass carnage, they ask? Is this a contagion, they ask? Is this happening because it’s due to lack of compassion, mental illness, youth culture and its proclivities, parental negligence?
A man consumed with hate took the lives of 17 individuals and injured many in his wake. A man led by wickedness did this. A man. A man fully controlled by his own faculties. This crime in Florida is not a gun issue. Moreover, a gun problem should not be conflated with a mental health issue. These are two exclusive entities.
Guns in the hands of the wrong person are dangerous indeed, yet many on the crusade to ban guns are not qualified to assess the threat and manage the risk. Just like we expect our public safety officials to be trained to identify and predict violent behavior, we should—as soldiers of Christ—train ourselves to be discerning of the culture, utilizing our biblical world-view to observe all things. We need to be armed with our sword to protect ourselves and those we love, taking the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
A Biblical focus
Last night, my husband led our family altar. We looked at the word froward. What does it mean, how is it manifested, who are the froward?
It’s an old word found in the KJV of the Bible. To be froward means to be habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition to someone or something like a law. Similes of the word froward are to go wrong, backsliding, twisted, distorted, or crooked.”
The bible is replete with mentions of the froward but to sum it up, Proverbs 11: 20 says:
They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord.
Laws of man cannot stop evil from flourishing because the froward and wicked will continue to be ruled by the works of darkness. They will rebel against truth. Rebel against good. Rebel against God. Outlaws will find a means to destroy themselves and others with weapons, be they:
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. James 3:5-6
Imagine what God sees daily, all that is hidden from our view. Imagine how vexed He is at the sight of man’s hidden sin, the secrets of his thoughts, the darkness of his heart.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9
We cannot know our own hearts. We cannot know the hearts of others. But the Lord knows it better than we can pretend to.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. Romans 7:18
Sin is the problem, Christ is the answer
In this world, dear friends, we will never evade evil and all its fruit. The prince of the power of the air works in the children of disobedience. But we know that Christ is the answer; however, saying so today has become a platitude in our churches, our society, our families, and our psyche.
The Holy Spirit who dwells in the life of a regenerated person is the answer.
We need to look at people—not all the contributing factors in the periphery—as free willing agents of their own lives. God gave us that free will to do as we want. Broken homes, public schools, mental illness, laws of man are all peripheral issues—but the lost person is whom the Lord came to save. That person from a broken home, fatherless, indoctrinated by the humanist public school system is whom He came to save and die for on the cross of Calvary. We need not ever forget that.