Do we blame God for this? Did he allow this to happen? Was it merely an obscure, evil individual? Or are we honest enough to look within our own selves bearing in mind the scripture above. Truth is we would be very ignorant to refuse to believe that we, ourselves, are not capable of carrying out these same tragedies. Could we really be the next murderer to hit the headlines? The potential is there.
According to scripture this problem has been with us a long time - since Eden in fact. Because of the wrongdoing of one man, all of us suffer the consequences of that evil including, if we’re honest enough, the ‘affiliation’ (the act of becoming formally connected or joined) with evil itself. A hard pill to swallow for those who see themselves as good and harmless.
If indeed we are affiliated to evil then would we not first have to do away with ourselves in order completely to do away with evil....How else could we fight against evil without mass suicide?
Thank God there’s another way, evil can be fought and defeated but it’s not easy and there’s no way you or I can do it alone.
When we come face to face with our evil enemies we do one of two things: fight or flight. Both are fear responses!
But one man thought and acted differently. No fight. No flight. Instead he addressed his evil adversaries very differently, though not everybody caught on. It was through his radical teaching that he was to change history forever. These are his words. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”
A man named Jesus, who claimed to be God, sentenced to die on a cross by the hands of evil men. Who didn’t resist evil, but actually allowed it. And because of this man’s actions a new ‘affiliation’ has been put in place: ‘affiliation’ (not with evil but) with the cross.