In the wake of a great tragedy like the mass murders in Las Vegas, the perennial question that inevitably surfaces is “how can a god of love permit such a thing to occur?” Those who pose this quiz seldom desire a substantive answer nor would they wait for one if it was being offered. They, like Pilate (John 18:38), simply search for justifications to counterfeit truth and cast shadows of doubt on the existence of a righteous God. Before an answer is submitted, shouldn’t we in an effort to be fair and balanced present the same query to the evolutionist? Is a system that has for several million years been engaged in providing continual improvement failed to concurrently refine the conscience of Mankind? Or does physical metamorphosis exclude the existence of the soul, and if so, where does the conscience reside and if it does not exist, what is the restrainer in human behavior? Just asking!
With the fall of our first parents, Adam forfeited his exalted position of being the Lord’s viceroy over Creation. That God had made Adam a king, there can be no doubt for in the day of his creation he was said to be one who was crowned “with glory and honour” and “set…over the works of thy hands,” and that God “put all things in subjection under his feet” (Hebrews 2:6-8).
As “to the victor go the spoils,” Satan was ultimately permitted to become the “god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4). Now he would appoint his own “rulers of the darkness of this world” (Ephesians 6:12). His greatest power over fallen humans became death itself (Hebrews 2:14)---hence, man’s constant fear of the Grim Reaper. Reconciling Luke 4:6 with Romans 13:1 reveals that the Lord has allowed Satan to delegate his demonic authority to evil men of his choosing. The song “This Is My Father’s World” may sound “touchy-feely,” but in the light of John 8:44, I wouldn’t recommend it to the Body of Christ. Jesus certainly wasn’t humming it before Pilate when He said, “”My kingdom is not of this world…” (John 18:36) Contrary to the power of positive thinking, the Bible confirms, “The princes of this world…crucified the Lord of glory” (I Corinthians 2:8).
Combining the invisible forces of evil with the inherited depravity of mankind constitutes a large, ever present basket of evil on earth. “Why doesn’t a sovereign God eradicate evil giving us the opportunity to live in a constant kumbaya land is a frequently asked question. The answer is really quite simple: no evil = no choice, which reduces humanity to a robotic state incapable of receiving or giving love to his Creator. Must we then constantly be victimized by those who have chosen to side with their “father the devil?” (John 8:44)
As long as the earth exists as we know it, iniquity will always be present in this world, but the Lord has provided another basket that is a counter balance capable of greatly diminishing evil intentions. The bedrock of God’s container is godly education. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). Based on this admonition, the primary textbook in American schools through the nineteenth century was the Bible. In 1963 the U.S. Supreme court officially rejected the Supreme source of instruction followed by a decline that cannot be coincidental.
With the “violence” in America’s high schools of only a few generations ago being limited to spit wads, throwing paper the floors, and running in the halls, much of the blame for today’s mandatory metal detectors must be traced to the real “day of infamy.” When the cornerstone of knowledge was lifted from the basket of restraint the opposite side of the scale was given a decided advantage.
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil (Ecclesiastes 8:11). The dominoes begin with the extraction of the Word of God and move forward. The failures of the modern judicial system are legendary. Many Washington D.C. mothers were actually relieved to learn their sons were being shipped to the Persian Gulf War; having reared their children in neighborhoods where thin walls at bedtime made the bathtub a literal haven of rest, such battle-hardened mothers would prefer that their boys square off against Saddam Hussein rather than the local vice lord. While 298 GI’s were killed between the August 27th Desert Storm invasion and the February 27th cease fire, a total of 404 “combat fatalities” were sustained in the killing fields of American’s capital during the same period of time! Failure to heed God’s “common sense” continues to lighten the basket of righteousness.
The pulpits of America cannot escape this discussion unscathed. Most have retreated to politically correct soft, warm, fuzzy messages that tickle the ears of the hearers. Preaching on sin, judgment, and sowing and reaping have been forsaken for the benefit of comfortable living. When the famous London pastor, C.H. Spurgeon, was asked what he thought should be done when lay people fell asleep in church, he replied, “Someone should wake up the preacher.”
Although Dan Rather informed us that an earthquake devastated Los Angeles on January 27, 1994, he was too cowardly to tell the viewers “the rest of the story” ---that the quake’s epicenter struck in the midst of three communities, Chatsworth, Northridge and Canoga Park. Would a sane man think it a mere coincidence that of the 1400 pornographic videos produced annually in American, 95% of them are produced by seventy companies located at that very spot? Righteousness strikes back, but who is listening?
Patrick Henry answered the question, “What’s really wrong with America” two hundred years before it was asked. “Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should make a nation of free men. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”