Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Legitimizing Evil

We live in an amazing time when it seems there is no check on a rising tide of evil. The United States is no longer standing in the gap to keep evil from building in this world. The more we learn about the people making up our government, the more we understand how determined they are to bring totalitarianism to this country.

The latest revelation about a government official is regarding White House Communications Director Anita Dunn. A video was released of Dunn speaking to high school students last June in which she praised Communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung as one of her “favorite political philosophers.”

Mao’s draconian policies are blamed for the deaths of tens of millions of people. How someone in our government could hold up such a tyrant as a role model to be emulated is chilling. We know that such clues about the values of our government officials are just the tip of the iceberg. There is certain to be much more going on behind the scene to give evil a green light.

Our government has been quick to cozy up to leaders known to trample on human-rights such as Hugo Chavez, the Castro brothers, and Manuel Zelaya, the would-be dictator of Honduras. President Obama has soft-pedaled criticism of human rights violations to avoid annoying China’s dictators. Our government has sent mixed signals to Iran and seems resigned to just living with their having nuclear weapons. And we are waffling on our commitment to keep Afghanistan from being a haven for terrorists.

The world is watching and sees the United Stated becoming less of a factor in discouraging wickedness. The natural consequence of this is that “evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13, NKJ). Our failure to exercise the moral authority we once had will have consequences. “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, NKJ)

Since the U.S. will not do anything to bolster righteousness, the community of nations will have to act when people have had enough. Conditions are getting riper every day for a strong world leader to emerge. “As you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18, NKJ).

We should be encouraged that the Lord will remove His followers prior to evil being completely unleashed on earth. “He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8, NKJ). The Holy Spirit is He who restrains evil and since His present in the world is through followers of Christ, He will not be taken out of the way until the Church is removed. Praise God!

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