Deliver Us From Evil

21/365: Deliver Us From Evil

21/365: Deliver Us From Evil (Photo credit: The Cleveland Kid)

Perhaps one of the best known biblical passages is the Lord’s prayer, often recited by rote by many who perhaps do not even know they are reciting scripture. In this famous prayer we read these words: deliver us from evil…

The horrible massacre of December 14th at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut will always be remembered as a tragic and heartbreaking act that forever altered the lives of hundreds of families and sent shock waves throughout the nation. At the very least it was a despicable act of evil targeting the innocent in our society, and our hearts and prayers are directed to the loved ones of each victim.

At this moment psychiatrists, counselors, politicians, journalists, law enforcement and many other professionals everywhere are scrambling to reason out the cause of such a heinous act by looking for some mental disorder which may have precipitated this violent act when the answer is a clear and obvious indictment against the moral condition of our very culture..a culture of death.

Everywhere we look in our society we see a wall of self appeasement, godless rebellion and disrespect for human life. Hollywood cranks out movies of ever-increasing gore and prolific bloodshed. Video games center around killing and destruction without conscience or thought. But the single most egregious part and centerpiece to all of this is the “shedding of innocent blood”, the killing of the defenseless for personal convenience.The blood of the innocent cries out as a witness against us. The many innocent children who lost their lives at the hands of a mad gunman although heinous pales in comparison to the millions of children who lost their lives at the hands of an abortionists. Although nameless and faceless they too are known and loved by God. Their lives are just as precious as the ones lost in Connecticut.

I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, Deuteronomy 30:19 (HCSB)

We continually excuse evil and attempt to rehabilitate violent offenders by trying to understand the mindset of an evil person but completely ignore the heart-set of the same. Any attempts to alter the mind without regard to reshaping the heart attitude of an individual will only lead to failure. Altering the human heart can not be accomplished on a couch in some therapist’s office. Changing the very nature of an individual can not be regulated or legislated. No law is able to alter the human condition, only God can permanently transform a human heart and cause it to turn from the culture of death.

And they will come there, and take away all the hated and disgusting things from it. And I will give them a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in them; and I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh: So that they may be guided by my rules and keep my orders and do them: and they will be to me a people, and I will be to them a God. But as for those whose heart goes after their hated and disgusting things, I will send on their heads the punishment of their ways, says the Lord. Ezekiel 11:18-21 (BBE)

The is the real power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in it lies the power of God to transform a life, to change an evil heart into a loving heart. Yes we can debate and discuss and try to get into the head of the madman who gunned down the innocents in Connecticut, but what is needed is to get to the heart of the man and change it. There is no law capable of changing the intents of a man’s heart; to do that we need more of Christ in the world, not more laws.

As repulsive and heartbreaking as the tragedy in Connecticut was, if we continue to embrace the culture of death and continually cheapen human life things will not get better but get progressively worse.

There is an answer and a cure for this evil, it can be found in the Biblical words of: 2 Chronicles 7:14.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

We need to get back to godly morality instead of trying to cut God from our culture. We need to repent of turning our collective backs on God and instead invite Him to change America’s heart. We need to repent of our culture of death and embrace life and love which comes from following after God.

We need to seek Him while there is yet time

For I am conscious of my thoughts about you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope at the end. And you will go on crying to me and making prayer to me, and I will give ear to you. And you will be searching for me and I will be there, when you have gone after me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (BBE)

Yes America there is evil in the world, pray with me as many have prayed for many years:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)

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But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness.

Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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The Blame Game

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“How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:4-5 (NIV)

Game shows abound on the television sets across America. Some have been around for a long time. ‘The Price is Right‘, ‘The Wheel of Fortune’, ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?‘ just to name a few of the most popular. The audience and contestants both enjoy playing the game if the look on their faces is any indication. Growing up as a child we would play made up games around the neighborhood. In fact playing games is a big part of growing up.

Adults play games as well. These may not be the familiar board games of our childhood but they are games none-the-less. A recent addition to the Television game show roster is the “Blame game.” The rules are simple enough that even a child can play it. In fact it is during our formative years that we learn how to play this game. The better we get at playing the game the more mischief we can achieve without getting caught. Who does not remember the “Not me” response most kids learn when asked who had done something. Johnny did you break this glass? I didn’t do it mommy? Well who did? I don’t know. I do not know seemed to get blamed for a lot of mishaps around our house when I was growing up. Unless of course a snitch lives in your house. The mole, the back stabber, the person who would be the first to run to mom or dad and tell on you. They were never the favorites in any misadventure. They were the tattle tale. The truth teller if you will. They were the ones who would expose our falsehood with the truth. The biggest enemy of a lie is the truth. Therefore those who like to play the “Blame game” avoid the truth at all cost.

Human nature has within it the innate desire to point the finger at someone else for it’s misadventures. Adam blamed God for giving him that woman. Eve blamed her fall on the serpent who tempted her. We blame others for our own shortcomings.

All last week we have been unable to escape this new game show as all the news outlets continually ran the story of the Tucson shooting incident. To listen to the commentators one would get the impression that anyone who listens to “talk radio”, supports Sarah Palin, is a member of a local TEA party, is conservative in their political ideology, or opposed to the Obama administration are all responsible for the shooting in Tucson. Not once did these original commentators blame the actual shooter for the offense.

Immediately Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County, started to point the finger of blame at Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin although there was absolutely no evidence that either of these national figures had anything to do with the shooting. All the networks ran with this story line and as of today have yet to apologize to all of us who by inference became victims of this “blame game.”

Although the Pima County Sheriff’s office had a history of encounters with the shooter, the sheriff was not indicated in anyway as being responsible for the shooting since they did nothing to stop the disturbed behavior of the suspect now in custody. There were numerous reports of the shooters erratic behavior for several years leading up to this event, and yet nothing was done. Instead fingers were pointed in many directions accusing the innocent of being accomplices after the fact, while all the while excusing the actions of the actual perpetrator. It was like he had no choice but to do what he did because of the actions of others. And the blame game continues even today.

Pointing the finger may not be new but God wants us to take responsibility for our own actions. We need to admit that we are  miscreants by nature and in need of saving ourselves from ourselves. If we are left to our own desires we will surely come to ruin. For we just like the original inhabitants of this third rock from the sun are unable to resist temptation. We need an an advocate to free us from the effects of sin. Jesus came to rescue us from ourselves. He came as the truth teller, to set us free from the results of the “blame game”. He forces us to face the truth, and admit our involvement in our misadventures. He forces us to face our own shortcomings and take responsibility for our own actions and choices. He forces us to point the finger of blame right were it belongs, our own sinfulness and shortcomings.

Satan is the original finger pointer, the accuser of the brethren, the original host of the ‘blame game”. He is the one who attempts to fault find at every opportunity he gets. With him constantly pointing a finger at us we need someone to take our side to come to our defense. Unless of course we just simply point the finger at someone else to take the fall for us. Someone who is weaker and unable to defend themselves. Isn’t that how the “blame game” is supposed to be played?

Well to those of us who call ourselves Christians the answer is found in the gospel according to Matthew where we are admonished to look in the mirror first and take responsibility for our actions before we attempt to point out someone else’s faults. To the news media, and Sheriff Dupnik, this means check out your own actions and responsibility before you attempt to push the blame of your own failings unto someone else. First take the plank of hypocrisy out of your own eye then perhaps you can see more clearly the cause of the others failings. If we all take responsibility for our own actions we will find there is not much room left over to play the “blame game.” Personal responsibility is the antidote to the “blame game.”

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31Open Link in New Window (BBE)

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