Recognizing Evil

There is evil and darkness in our modern world, and even today people worship Molek.

We don’t want to see it, as we’re lulled with food and drink, and Netflix and Amazon. We’re busied with work and Covid protocols, and online church, and Zoom. We’re distracted by petulant politics, daily tasks, computers and cell phones, and subdivision divisions.

But, there is great evil taking place before our eyes, and we don’t see it because we’re concerned with the things our own hands have made. We need to pray that our eyes are opened and we can fight against the evil in this world.

Acts 7:41-43

41 That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. 42 But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets:

“‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
    forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
43 You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek
    and the star of your god Rephan,
    the idols you made to worship.
Therefore I will send you into exile’[a] beyond Babylon.

How do we fight evil?

Paul tells us how. We need to put on the armor of God. He explains this in Ephesians 6:10-20.

10 Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. 11 Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks. 12 We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. 13 So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day[a] comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.

14 Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God’s justice protect you like armor. 15 Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet. 16 Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Let God’s saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God’s message that comes from the Spirit.

18 Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God’s people. 19 Pray that I will be given the message to speak and that I may fearlessly explain the mystery about the good news. 20 I was sent to do this work, and that’s the reason I am in jail. So pray that I will be brave and will speak as I should.

What do I do now?

Well, take up the armor.

  1. Belt of Truth: Seek God’s truth in scripture so that you can recognize truth from lies.
  2. Breastplate of Righteousness: Avoid sin, and seek assistance to avoid sin; obey God’s commands.
  3. Gospel of Peace: Stand firm in the will of God and find peace in His identity, not your own.
  4. Shield of Faith: Feed your faith so that you can stand firm against the attacks of the enemy.
  5. Helmet of Salvation: Your identity is in Christ and His salvation.
  6. Sword of the Spirit: It’s the Word of God. Immerse yourself daily in His word.

So, turn to prayer, follow God’s direction, pray mightily, and steep yourself in His Word to fight off the attacks of the enemy.

And, pray for the world. It’s a darker place than most of realize.