If I were cast for a part in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, it would probably be as the character known as Little-Faith. My hope in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of the Bible can be small. It all sometimes seems too good to be true.
I did not come to faith easily. I was in my mid-20s before one could reasonably guess that I might be any kind of Christian believer. It took me a while even to believe that God existed.
Recently I thought of those early days of struggling-towards-faith. I suppose I was going through a bit of discouragement, one of those times when it still seems “too good to be true.” I remembered that one of the things that gave me a bit of encouragement when I was younger (in my 20s) was that, even though I might not be sure that God and good existed, it sure did seem like evil existed. One specific example was how the communists treated people in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. If evil existed, my reasoning went–and it certainly seemed to exist–then perhaps good (and perhaps also God) also existed. I would read how the communists had murdered someone trying to escape into the West, and I knew evil existed.
I think the reasoning–it may not arise even to reasoning; it may just be a kind of instinct–continues to hold good. It struck me recently, in my discouragement, that there is still a lot of evil going on. A difference today is that I have no need at all to look at any communist countries abroad, to be conscious of great evil.
All I have to do is look at some of the things going on in my own United States.
No God and no ultimate good? Fine. At least I can see that evil exists.
There is still plenty of evil. I may not be able to have deep faith that God exists, but I can smell the stench of evil when it wafts its way into our life.
Here are a few examples, listed very briefly.
It is evil when the central state creates money out of thin air, and thus reduces the value of the money ordinary people have earned by working for a living, thus stealing from the productive.
It is evil when rapists are permitted to go on raping. When the Bible (hey! something about God doing things differently!) tells us that rapists are to be executed (Deuteronomy 22:25-27). Thus we refuse to protect the innocent.
It is evil when we murder unborn children.
It is evil when parents refuse to provide for and protect their children, both physically and emotionally.
It is evil when men are permitted to participate in women’s sports.
It is evil when we mess with–via drugs or operations–the bodies of children who have been encouraged to believe that they are “transgender.” These poor children are supposedly not the gender with which they were born; at least that is what adults are telling them. A nation which does this is too wicked to stay in existence.
It is evil when our elite encourages black people to believe that the problems of black people are the result of white racism–thus making it much more difficult for black people to face life honestly. These lying white scumbags (aided by lying black race hustler scumbags) have the blood of thousands of black and white people on their hands.
It is evil when newspapers refuse to give the race of malefactors, because the race of the malefactors does not fit what The Narrative is (or should be).
It is evil when one country engages in preemptive war on another country–as for example the U.S. on Iraq, or on Libya.
Those are just a few examples of evil that is being perpetrated around us every day. It is happening in the United States.
The Bible makes one statement which is somewhat surprising. “The LORD has made everything for its own purpose,/Even the wicked for the day of evil.” (Proverbs 16:4)
I don’t know that I understand this completely. But think of this in terms of today’s blog post. The wickedness that is going on around us really is wicked. This can perhaps at least drive us in the general direction of looking for God. My faith in the God of the Bible may be small, but when I see such despicable evils as the ones listed above, it makes me want to fight that evil. It makes me hope that something exactly opposite to that evil might exist, and hope that I can stand with the good rather than with the evil.
So thank you, “New York Times,” Democratic Party, Republican warmongers, whiny baby-killing shrews of both sexes, and race hustlers. It may be difficult for me sometimes to believe in the Christian faith, but you guys give me hope that ultimate good might exist, because you guys are so in love with what is ultimate evil.
My hatred of you keeps me warm, and hopeful.
Is this a great country or what!?