Connecting the Dots in an Unconnected World

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Evil is Everywhere

Ruthi shared with me a news article concerning teenagers vandalizing and burglarizing the home of a Wesley Chapel woman and soldier. The soldier was away in Virginia caring for wounded soldiers. When she shared the story with me she asked me the question, “How could teenagers do something like this?”

The answer to Ruthi’s good question is: evil is everywhere. In spite of the remonstrations of the politically correct crowd this event and the uncounted others like it are caused by evil in the human heart. There is a sin nature in men, women, boys, and girls that causes them to remove any and all restraints. It causes them to behave out of selfishness and a lack of respect for others and the things of others.

We no longer teach either righteousness or restraint in our schools. In our homes, parents are too busy to give positive direction and oversight to their children. We live in a fast food, video saturated culture where our children learn they are entitled to anything they desire right now, that nothing is real and our actions carry with them no consequences. From far too many pulpits we proclaim pious platitudes in the place of a call to Holy living. The powerful gospel message has been replaced with a compromising feel good patter. Obviously there is enough blame to go around.

What would have happened if these teenagers had been led to know Jesus as their Savior and taught to live for Him? Our task as the church impacts every segment of life and culture. We must become militant about sharing the gospel of Jesus with a sin-sick world. Jesus is the only answer.

Attempting to connect the dots…

Romans 1:16

“Men's minds are too ready to excuse guilt in themselves.”
~ Livy


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