I think Mike Myers needs to do another Austin Powers movie, but from Dr. Evil’s point of view. That way, Dr. Evil gets to be the star and Austin Powers appears minimally.
Can I get an amen?!?
Evil is the word of the day for Instagramming and/or writing about.
This is a word that gets thrown around a lot and loses its power, just like the words love, hate, and awesome. My ears especially perk up when politicians use “evil” in speeches. Bush, Jr. and Obama have used it in recent memory. W. used the term “axis of evil” to describe governments that he accused of helping terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction. In an address marking the anniversary of 9/11, Obama mentioned the “evil” that came to our shore.
When 9/11 happened, my initial thought about the terrorists was similar to most everyone else’s reaction. “Get back at whoever did this! FIGHT!” Then immediately, “We need to pray for the families and the rescue operation.” Shortly after that, it dawned on me that other people needed my prayers, too.
Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
Al Qaeda needed our prayers. Osama bin Laden, specifically, needed my prayers. As much as I wanted them thrown in prison for planning all of that, my enemy needed my love and prayers.
Raise your hand if you don’t feel right about that!
Jesus teaches His disciples to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
I shared in earlier posts this month about how our student ministry hosted a dodgeball tournament to fight modern-day slavery. We went through a series at Youth Group learning about this issue and an organization in particular who fights this problem (International Justice Mission). During this series, I would share stories and video of heartbreaking things.
- Young children forced to roll cigarettes for overseas customers (like the U.S.)
- Entire families working rock quarries or brickyards for little-to-no pay because of impossible interests they cannot repay on loans
- Pre-pubescent girls forced into prostitution, sometimes sold by their own relatives
When I stated that we should pray for the slave owners? When I said that we should love the people who oppress others so wickedly? The tension in the room could not be cut with a knife, it was that thick.
It goes against the grain to love and pray for those kinds of people. They don’t deserve that, right?
This is exactly what Jesus tells us to do, if we are to be His disciples.
I think this is one of the hardest things to do as a Christ follower.
True evil exists and that fact should shake us to our core.
Scripture talks about evil in a few different ways. Those boil down to the evil (sin) inside of every person and evil as represented by demons. We need to pay attention to how the Bible regards evil, because evil starts with us.
It is found enfleshed in human sin. It inhabits our systems of government and organizations. It exists in the spiritual realm.
Evil is all around us.
But evil is not going to win in the end. We have this promise. We have a redeeming Savior whose sacrifice and resurrection transforms the hardest of hearts.
Evil is not going to win in the end because it’s already toast! Jesus defeated evil, sin, and death when He burst from the grave.
Yeah, baby, yeah!