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Today’s article is on the idea of absolute evils. Are there absolute evils? Are there things that are evil sometimes, most of the time or every single time? Take anger – is anger an absolute evil? Probably not. We know Christ to have experienced righteous anger. Or is it wrong for a husband to be angry at a man who has raped his wife? We would argue to eventually forgive, but never condemn the anger – likely. Which brings me to a more absolute evil in rape. Is there ever a time when rape is not evil? No. It is always evil. There is no way to justify rape. So keep these comparisons in mind as we move forward.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” -Isaiah 5:20
We know that all fall short of the glory of God, and that all have sinned. We know that there is none righteous, no not one! We know that each of are morally depraved and without evil stitched into our very fiber of being. We want to be kind, caring, loving, helpful, and gracious in all we do – but still, we always fall short. Thank God He didn’t create a works-based, merit-based system. A quote I recently heard, which I love, below.
“If you could lose your salvation, you would.” -John MacArthur
MacArthur is stating the obvious. We all sin, we all fail – so if salvation was merited upon what we do – we’d fail. Every. Single. Time. So, what then? What about evil? If we are all evil – what do we make with these absolute evils? As an example, let us pretend a youth from church comes up to me and tells me that he was wrestling with lust and pride (every man’s battle). Both are obviously evil – but we’d be quick to offer help, support and encouragement. Right? Rather, what if this same young man came up to me and told me he raped someone? What would be my course of action then? Do I once again offer help, support and encouragement? No – not immediately, that is preposterous. Rape is disgusting, vile, wicked and also against the law. He needs to turn himself in and pay the man-made consequence of that decision. God obviously is gracious – and with time, I’m sure healing can be found all around. But initially, I turn the son of a gun in to the authorities.
What if I compared absolute evils? What else could we put on the list beside rape? Murder – check. Abuse – check. Racism – sure. There are several other evils that can extend up the scale of absolute evils. Evils that no matter the reason, are always evil. So what about ripping a child out of a womb? Limb. By. Limb. We’re not even talking about a “clump of cells,” I’m talking about children as old as my son was when he came into this world. 30-weekers. 32-weekers. 34-weekers. Even 40-weekers. Would we not deem murder as an absolute evil? Would we not deem murdering innocent children as even (perhaps) MORE evil?
Can we create a moral equivalency of evil? Let us put a scale up and weigh these two individuals. Individual A is a great person, great job, has a degree and overall lives a quite average life. Individual A decides that there 3-year old is beginning to cost too much to provide for – surely no one is willing to adopt this child, so why keep it? (notice: it) – So Individual A makes the ‘hardest decision of her life’ and kills her 3-year old baby. Individual B is kind of a jerk to everyone around. Individual B has made comments that are deemed racially insensitive and also has been caught in habits of lying. Who is morally more evil? I’m not talking in terms of ‘needing salvation’ – I’m talking who do you take under your wing and choose to manage your household? Either option is less than ideal – but it is presented to you.
I'm tired of hearing the argument (from Christians) - "I would never get an abortion, but I'm not going to tell a woman what to do with her body." - What is this logic? I would never kill someone, but I'm not going to tell a mother she cant kill her child. Really? This is where us Christians have landed? What is next? Perhaps in 20 years we'll start hearing, "I would never have sex with a minor, but I'm not going to tell two people in love what they should and should not do." Or even perhaps, "I would never rape someone, but who am I to tell a man what to do with his body." I can already hear the liberal, "C'mon man! Those are innocent people. Don't try to compare abortion to rape." Both are innocent. Scripture is obvious that life begins from the inward parts. God has deemed life inside the womb as a life of value. Why do we get to decide God is wrong and it is less than that?
Perhaps you are beginning to understand my point in this – absolute evils have no comparison. If someone raped your mother, how would you feel? To me, abortion and rape are the same type of evil. Someone argued – if abortion is wrong, why is it legal? The answer to that is quite simple: morally depraved leadership was appointed into office. Romans 13 tells us the role of government.
“For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.” -Romans 13:3-4
Romans 13 argues that appointed leadership is to determine right from wrong, evil from good, black from white. So what happens when morally evil people are appointed into office? Well, you could argue – all are morally evil, and I would agree with you. So what is more important than even there character (looking to you John Piper) – THE POLICY. Why on earth would someone’s character be more important than their policy? Romans 13 doesn’t argue for men of good character in office, it argues for men who can distinguish right from wrong. I’m saying this now because I feel so strongly about it – Kamala Harris is a wickedly vile individual.
I promise you, I didn’t want to get too political. I’ve been saying for months now that I was not sure if God would allow Trump back into office. Dr. Michael Brown argued that American Christians would fail to pass the “Trump Test.” Where we weigh a soft-spoken gentleman as morally equal (or even better) than the brash, narcissistic current President. But the main difference between these two men? Policy. Why is there two parties? Policy. Why is there such a split in liberal vs. conservative? Policy.
When Roe v. Wade was decided, we did not have the scientific technology we have now. If my wife miscarried our son at 8 weeks, would not we mourn the loss of a loved one? Would we not receive condolences from those around us? Of course we would. Yet, his life is only a life if WE decided we wanted to KEEP him? Hogwash! His life was 100% real once he was conceived. We’re in 2020, it is becoming increasingly obvious (through technology) that life begins immediately upon conception. For once, Democrats are being ‘conservative’ by not adopting and adapting with modern reformation. We now know so much about babies in the womb, we know that it is a life. Yet, a mother gets to kill it (up to term, in some places) because we have had morally evil policies put into place in our nation.
God is gracious, but can we really buy into America being a country for God? We care more about our guns than our neighbors. We care more about our 401k than the hungry child. We care more about appointing a wicked man with wicked policy than we care about absolute evils. We’d rather whip up some form of moral equivalency, when there is none! There is no moral equivalency to murdering our children. There is no moral equivalency to rape. There is no moral equivalency! So, no matter how many evil things you whip up – they’ll never be as evil as abortion.
With saying all of this – I want to encourage you in this election. Many Christians voted for Biden. Many Christians voted for Trump. I am hardly a Trumpet, but I will say – his policies outweigh his character by a wide margin for me. No matter who you voted for – I view it as a difference in knowledge, wisdom and understanding of God’s word. I don’t view liberals as ‘less than’ or as ‘not saved.’ Just a different understanding of God’s word. This is why Christians need to stop avoiding politics, but have open and honest conversations. I want to understand all the reasons someone would vote for Biden – but maybe I never will. But here is the encouragement: Under Biden, I foresee a church that is likely persecuted and a continued separation between wheat and tare – you will have more Sean Feucht type of men rise up and lead “worship protests.” Under Trump, I foresee a strong possibility in overturning Roe v. Wade – if Trump somehow wins, that means there was fraud. Also under Trump, I think we’re closer to the end times than I had initially thought. Trump has been doing revolutionary work in the Middle East (also important for a Christian to weigh) – and it could lead to some end-times prophecies being fulfilled.
Either way – God chooses the outcome – and we get what we deserve – all, in the end, is for God’s glory. He will have His way. Whether for revival, or for pro-life efforts continued. I am here for it.
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