Facing the Reality of Evil
This post marks the official end of the Supernatural October series. I say official end because—although it’s October 31— I didn’t get around to all the topics I had planned to cover. So I’ll probably be writing about many of the leftover topics at some point in the near future. The fact is, I barely scratched the surface with this three week “tour of evil.” The downside to doing a single-focus blog series within a limited window of time is that there’s very little time write about anything else. So I’ll definitely be blogging more about evil and the supernatural in the future, just not all at once!
I posted this series because I believe there’s a need for churches to address these topics in a balanced yet authoritative way. Most Christians don’t mind pointing out society's evils from 40,000 feet up but we don’t like zooming in, getting personal, and considering the possibility that there’s a supernatural, spiritual component to them. We don’t particularly like the notion that sometimes we must address the evil we can’t see if we’re going to effectively fight the evil we can see.
There are two kingdoms at war against each other—a kingdom of darkness and a kingdom of light. When Jesus came on the scene in Mark 1:15 saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives and trust this good news,” this war between good and evil escalated. It continues to intensify today, although we’re reminded to view it through the lens of Ephesians 6:12: “We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens (CEB).” If we don’t use the principle in this verse to keep ourselves in check, we’ll often find ourselves in one of two uncomfortable positions: fighting against people or refusing to acknowledge and confront evil.
It’s my conviction that one major reason the church seems to be losing so much ground with the next generation is we’re not training young believers how to do basic spiritual warfare. Many times we’ve presented the doctrines of the Gospel without demonstrating how the Gospel works in real life. In the meantime, Christian kids are bombarded with the same problems other kids experience: depression, stress, temptation, an over-sexualized culture, dysfunctional families, drugs, alcohol—the list goes on and on.
I’m bored with powerless Christianity that doesn’t make bringing in God’s kingdom its top priority. And I'm tired of religion that tries too hard to be respectable. A gospel that helps us avoid hell in eternity but doesn’t provide any real resources to fight the hell we face now isn’t much of a gospel.
I’ll continue blogging about good vs evil and other compelling topics in the months ahead. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be doing a short series on Bible prophecy and the end times. I’m looking forward to your feedback.
Read additional posts from this series.