There are times in history that the thinking of mankind gets so distorted from either abandoning or rejecting the Word of God that evil is not viewed as evil but just misguided judgments.  Though some pursue this erroneous course of thinking, Scripture minces no words in calling this the thinking of fools. God has placed in the thinking of mankind a conscience and knowledge of Himself so that there is discernment of good and evil … “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” (Rom 1:21-22).  When the gospel message is rejected -- that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried and that He rose again, spiritual darkness and evil enter the soul.  The unveiling of the sin nature only serves to demonstrate the depravity of man.  We are seeing the base ugliness of evil men in the terrorist acts being committed in the name of religion.  Scripture reminds us that such acts of violence are the evitable result of people and nations rejecting Truth, the Word of God.  The Apostle Paul addresses the end result of those who have exchanged the glory of the true God for that which is false.  “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless” (Rom 1:29-31). The question arises how to effectively destroy those who are committing the current evil atrocities?  The greatest generation of men and women demonstrated in World War II, at the cost of their lives, that evil peoples and nations must be defeated by a force that is greater than the enemies’. The resolve to deal decisively against such evil came from the Biblical principles upon which this nation was founded so that freedom would be the possession and inheritance of its citizens.  The Israelites under the leadership of Moses and Joshua were instructed to eradicate the people occupying Canaan.  They were idolatrous and practicing the evil dark arts of Satan.  The Israelites stopped short of destroying the enemy and paid the consequences.  By the time of Kings Saul and David, Israel had to deal with enemy raids on the populous and their farmlands.  In response to divine instruction, David resolved to secure his borders and destroy the enemy so that his successor, King Solomon, could enjoy peace throughout his reign.  In all this, David succeeded and fulfilled his responsibility as ruler with the blessings of God. "He (God) trains my hands for battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy salvation, and Thy help makes me great.  Thou dost enlarge my steps under me, and my feet have not slipped.  I pursued my enemies and destroyed them, and I did not turn back until they were consumed.  And I have devoured them and shattered them, so that they did not rise; and they fell under my feet” (2 Sam 22:35-39).  That still is God’s design to protect the human race physically from evil.  With evil suppressed, there is the freedom to present the gospel so that individuals may have the opportunity to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through faith in His finished work on the Cross. 

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