I’d like to write more on this later, but this will have to do for now. As I read Scripture I can’t help but notice how real evil is. (And honestly, I can’t help but see it in real life, in the macro and micro.) Many professing Christians today (and some I actually know) dismiss evil, and even hell, as real. That’s because of our tendency in this age to believe that making judgments on behavior is wrong (“Who am I to judge?”). And this puzzles me because Scripture just doesn’t support those beliefs. Just about everywhere I turn in Scripture evil is a real presence. It is a reality in this world, this side of Heaven. The psalmists certainly understood this. And yesterday I read this in Proverbs 8:
I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and I find knowledge and discretion.
The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.
The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. That’s really not how we Christians talk or act, is it? So many believe that hatred of anything is a sin. And if you won’t call any behavior or desire evil — if you won’t dare to make a judgment, you certainly can’t hate it. And if we don’t hate evil, I don’t see how we can really *love* people. For example, if some evil act is done to your children, and you won’t acknowledge it or dare to judge it as evil, you aren’t truly loving your children.
Evil is real.
Wisdom hates evil — the evil in the acts and desires of others and the evil in our own hearts.
That’s what God’s Word says, and if we don’t believe it, *we* have some adjustments to make. Instead, so often, we want to adjust God’s Word to fit our own preferences. But therein lies trouble…and evil.
Just thinking out loud,