Facing Adversity

SATURDAY FOCUS (Psalm 97:10)

PSALM 97:10, PROVERBS 8:13, AMOS 5:15
SATURDAY FOCUS

How should Believers respond to evil?  The following verses offer the biblical perspective:

PSALM 97:10
You who love the Lord, hate evil!

PROVERBS 8:13
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverse mouth I [God] hate.

AMOS 5:15
Hate evil, love good;
Establish justice in the gate.

PSALM 94:16
Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

On Tuesday of this week, three terrorists with guns and bombs entered the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul murdering 42 and injuring 140 people.  On Thursday, a terrorist entered the home of a Jewish family near Hebron and brutally stabbed a 13-year-old girl to death as she lay in her bed.  Regardless of how politicians and mass media describe and respond to these events, they must be denounced as acts of evil.

Denouncing evil is not about bitterness, vengeance or bigotry; but there are real victims in these heinous acts. The victims are the innocent people wantonly murdered and maimed by ruthless and vicious terrorist killers.  Perpetrators do not own a free pass; they must be held accountable.

Ignoring, minimizing and otherwise allowing evil to continue unchecked is simply unjust.

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Head-in-the-sand Mentality. By Sander van der Wel from Netherlands [CC BY-SA 2.0] , via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

Those espousing biblical principles need not have a head-in-the-sand mentality.  We must recognize evil as evil; identify evil as evil; and denounce evil as evil.  Determine to make a difference at this moment in history because, “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” (Edmund Burke 1729-1797).

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Emphasis added)