Thursday, August 18, 2011

the Faces of Evil

What is the common factor between the Somali famine and the London riots? Lawlessness! Half of Somalia is under the violent “rule” of armed thugs who have no regard for human life. They are content to let the population die of starvation and even kill them if deemed convenient to their cause

The London riots only differ in the “sticks and stones” armament they had to advance their rampage. Again, there was no value placed on human life in the fires set and deliberate deaths that occurred. Both these tragic events demonstrate human evil that expresses itself when no rule of law exists, or can be easily flouted.

Make no mistake, without the rule of law, every city and community on earth would face the same anarchy. The problem is not poverty or disenfranchisement; that is simply an excuse for evil action. Corporate executives will defraud without conscience if they consider they can avoid prosecution.

Evil rooted in the human soul causes the violence and misery so much of the world endures. Since the murder of Abel, humankind has not found an “answer” to this dilemma. Spiritual deformity requires spiritual action, and only the provision for cleansing in Jesus Christ can reverse the slide to evil.

But as long as some in all corners of the earth reject the notion of final accountability, evil will continue to flourish. But it will continue to provoke God’s call to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and our call: “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Monday, August 15, 2011

No Excuse

Another outdoor stage collapses. And as usual, it is “freak” weather that is to blame. For three to collapse in two years—Alberta in 2009, Ottawa last month, and Indiana yesterday—suggests freak weather is not so freaky!

Watching yesterday’s collapse on television, the twisting and buckling motion of the fall indicated insufficient diagonal bracing allowed the structure to fall. In addition, the huge roof structure provided a top heavy configuration that was potentially dangerous.

Furthermore, these structures are by their nature set up in exposed places to allow thousands of fans to congregate around them. Clearly, standards for their erection are inadequate, although engineers responsible for the design of these flimsy assemblies had the Alberta collapse to alert them.

Of course, the weather can be ferocious, as the recent tornado season stateside has shown. We cannot plan for the unexpected, but three events in two years are hardly unexpected. We can plan for events that are likely, more so those that are certain—death and taxes.

While most of us pay our taxes, I am totally at a loss why few prepare for death. We may be able to evade taxes, but death is inevitable. Why live with the fear of death when Jesus Christ has provided a dread free transition into eternity?

God so loved the world, he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. People around us die daily; we have no excuse to be unprepared for that event.