Recent terrorist attacks have caused people to ask,
“How are we supposed to respond to the evil that is taking place in the world?”
Here are 7 ways the Bible teaches us to respond to evil both personally and on a larger scale in the world:
1. “Hate what is evil.” (Romans 12:9)
It sounds a bit paradoxical to say we are to hate evil. Isn’t hatred a form of evil in itself? Hating evil is necessary if we are to love what is good. In fact the very words proceeding this statement say, “Love must be sincere”. If you have a friend who is involved in a destructive habit, you can have a hatred for the habit because of your sincere love for your friend. We are always called to hate evil, but to love people.We are always called to #hate #evil, but to #love #people. Click To Tweet
2. Repent of the evil within your own life.
Jesus said, “But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23) In our struggle to make sense of the evil in the world, we must not ignore the evil within our own hearts. The call to “hate evil” is not just for the “bad people” in the world, like terrorists. We are called by God to hate the very evil within our own hearts! This may be the toughest battle against evil we will ever fight, but thank God that we can find victory through Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
3. “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.” (Romans 12:17)
One of the many sayings my Dad drilled into my head as a child was, “Two wrongs never make a right.” The context of this statement was typically in reference to a quarrel with one of my siblings. Here is why the Bible says we are not to return evil for evil. “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)
4. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
Evil has a way of enticing the dark side within us. We cannot justify our grudges, resentment or unforgiveness as less wrong or justifiable in light of an offense because one evil does not overcome another. Do not allow another person’s evil to provoke even greater evil within you. Instead, allow God to purify your own mind, thoughts, heart and conscience. Let God empower you to respond to evil with His goodness.Do not allow another person’s #evil to provoke even greater evil within you. Click To Tweet
5. Submit to governmental authorities
One of the ways in which God destroys evil in the world is by empowering governments with the authority to fight evil and execute justice.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.” (Romans 13:1-3)
6. Pray for government officials
Consider waking up one day and being the president or prime minister of a nation. How would you want people to pray for you? My list would include things like, “wisdom, insight, wise counsel, discernment, justice, peace of mind, understanding, truth, knowledge, courage…” Can you think of any other virtues you would need? God calls us to pray for our government officials so that they may succeed in their fight against evil in the world and we may live peaceful lives. (1 Timothy 2:1-2) You do not have to agree with the political stance of a leader in order to pray for him. In fact, if you do not agree with a politician, it gives you all the more reason to pray!If you do not agree with a #politician, do not #pray less for them, but pray more! Click To Tweet
7. Preach the Good News!
God’s greatest solution for the end of evil is not through government, but through the gospel! The power of the Gospel to transform a life is truly the only real hope for fighting against evil in the world. “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes–the Jew first and also the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16 NLT) This quote comes from the Apostle Paul, a man who was himself filled with evil until he encounter Jesus on the Damascus Road. (Acts 9:3) The same gospel that transformed Paul has the power to transform a terrorist today!
Let’s pray for God’s Spirit to move among those who do evil and let’s preach God’s Word boldly!!#God 's greatest solution for the end of #evil in the #world is the #gospel! Click To Tweet