“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”
II Thessalonians 3:3 ESV
Words have power, until they become over-used to the point of being cliché. “Evil” has become one of those words.
Some events, such as the Holocaust, terrorist attacks, and torturous offenses against humanity are absolutely deserving of the word. The only way to explain such atrocities is to recognize the influence of the evil one in people’s hearts – as something no human would normally do except for the presence of evil. But, when the same word is used to describe nearly every person with whom we disagree, the word begins to lose its power. And, more importantly, it becomes obvious the origin of evil has been forgotten.
The tree from which Adam and Eve ate forbidden fruit was the tree of good and evil. Until they disobeyed God, they knew no evil. Everything wrong in the world today is because of the evil one and the hold people allow him to have in their lives.
Many people – including an astonishing number of Christians – prefer to believe Satan does not exist. But, that is simply not accurate. If Satan did not exist, God would not have included it in His Word. Ephesians 6:12 is so powerful!
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
This is a critical concept for people of faith! Our battle is not with people – it is with the rulers, authorities, the cosmic powers of darkness and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. In a word – Satan! That is why we do not identify people as evil. We identify acts of evil as the work of Satan and pray that those over whom he has power will be released.
The secular world is full of people who dismiss any forces of evil. Christians need not join their ranks. What is needed now more than ever is people of faith to reject the practice of labeling people as evil and praying that Satan will be banished to the place he belongs. That is our best hope for our world. If you doubt that, ask yourself: “Is the world a better or worse place because of how its citizens are trying to affect change?”
The lack of civility, anger, stubbornness, manipulation, rhetoric, lying, deceitfulness, and so much more has reached a level that is dangerous. People are being dehumanized, making them legitimate targets in the minds of some. Is it not time to try something different?
Be the light that shines in this dark world. Be different!
It clearly is time for everyone who claims to be a Christian to start acting like it and tell Satan where to go! So, let me be the first!
Satan, go to hell! (in the name of Jesus, of course)