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Today, write about anything — but you must write for exactly ten minutes, no more, no less.
Yesterday I had a conversation with someone about the difference between pure evil and “poor choices,” or “mistakes.” This is one of my hot buttons. I believe in the existence of evil. My Bible says, in Jeremiah 17:9, that the human heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, and that we can’t even know the capacity for wickedness that we all have.
Years ago, my pastor said that any Christian is capable of committing any sin; if you think about something long enough, you will do it. At the time, I thought, “No, not ME!” Now, I know he was right.
No one teaches a baby to be selfish. No one teaches a toddler to throw a temper fit. No one teaches a two-year-old to look at his parents with big, round, innocent eyes after he has just smashed a valued piece of pottery that he wasn’t supposed to touch. No one teaches a five-year-old to hit, scream, or bully. These tendencies are innate. They come from within, from the human heart. They can be exacerbated by environment, but they are already in us, from the moment of conception.
The trigger for this conversation was a discussion of the horrors taking place in Iraq, in the name of Allah. Beheading has to be one of the most gruesome, inhumane ways to kill a person. Especially the way these monsters do it, hacking away with a knife from the front. Slow, painful, horrific. Pure evil. No poor choices or mistakes here. Intentional, gleeful, self-righteous torture, posted on the internet for all the world to see. Terror, intimidation, and incredible hatred. Supported by a religious system that rewards such evil with promises of privilege in the after-life.
And while I’m ranting, I would like to ask this question: If we are so appalled at the beheadings of helpless children over there, why are we not equally appalled at the near-beheading of unborn babies as they have scissors stabbed into their skulls and are are pulled out of the womb, sometimes piecemeal? Why is that not only legal, but acceptable in our society while we are so horrified by the beheading of children in Iraq?
I have one minute left.
I am thankful that my hope is not in the goodness of man, but in the healing, cleansing power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am thankful that no matter what atrocities man may perpetrate on man, God is still God; King of kings, Lord of lords, in control.