Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Responding To The Evil Of ISIS

Evil is defined as anything that is profoundly immoral and malevolent. ISIL, ISIS, or just IS, it is evil. Sadly, though, if it had not been for the public execution of Americans, most of us would not have been moved to action against that evil. We did little while thousands of innocent men, women, and children in Syria, Iraq, and Iraqi Kurdistan were murdered by ISIL.

How is it that we can so distance ourselves emotionally from evil? The world is so evil that we often feel overwhelmed, so we distance ourselves. The 24 hour news cycle has contributed to our spiritual and moral numbness. Our immersion in the entertainment culture has certainly played a huge part. We watch the acceptable beheadings of Zombies, sympathize with murderous vampires, and laugh with illegal moonshiners. All of this has served to dull our reaction to evil and has watered down our own personal morality.

I wonder if we could get a message to ISIL that they went too far, too fast. These gruesome beheadings will backfire on them, because repeated exposure to evil eventually dulls, rather than heightens our senses.

No, they do not care. They are evil. They have already scripted the next episode of Jihadi John, and unless something miraculous happens, Peter Kassig will die. Sadly, tragically, evilly, he will die a Muslim. As he served the Syrian people, he came to accept their majority religion, converting to Islam and taking the name, Abdul-Rahman. So, he will not die believing in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. He will die believing in a false god.

Has he ever heard about the one who died for him? Hopefully he has heard the good news of Jesus Christ, and we should pray that he believes in it before he dies.

Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

So, what will you do about this evil? 

Will you PRAY for Peter Kassig, his parents, and the families of the tens of thousands slain? Pray for all the Christians in that region to share the Gospel boldly and wisely.

Will you GO?  Peter Kassig put himself in harms way out of a humanitarian desire to help the hurting in that war-torn region. There is a better reason to go. The love of Christ compels us to go. So, perhaps you, or your child should go somewhere in the world other than the safety zone.

Will you SPEAK? Speak against evil, but also speak about Christ. The only answer that defeats evil is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It must be our weapon in this war against evil. So, speak it. Share the Gospel.

Will you CHOOSE? Refuse to slip into the news cycle. Refuse to be entertained by evil. Ask God to resensitize your heart.