Unlike modern people, God took a quick and hard stance against evil, intending to protect victims and punish criminals.
Evil is real in our world. And whether we realize it or not, we are in a war against it. Many people want to accommodate it, negotiate over it, understand, explain it. Those people will succumb to it.
Because we are not fighting evil with enough force, it is forcefully overcoming us! The wrong-headed “tolerance” in Florida is happening in various forms all over society—and it will happen in our families, our marriages and our minds if we do not actively resist and conquer evil.
How Does God Deal With Evil?
The God of the Bible is a God of love. He is extremely merciful and forgiving. He is “The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin …” (Exodus 34:6-7). But notice what He says next: “and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”
By no means does God clear the guilty who do not repent of their evil. He does not extend mercy to people who are actively committing crimes! He says in Exodus 23:7, “I will notjustify the wicked.”
“The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest” (Psalm 11:5-6). “The Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm …. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him” (Nahum 1:2-3, 6).
And the New Testament says that God “will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil” (Romans 2:6-9). And Hebrews 12:29 says that “our God is a consuming fire.”
Look at the way God dealt with evil within His chosen nation, Israel. Study the punishments He commanded for crimes. You will see how He focused on protecting the victims of crime, not the criminals. And He ensured that punishments were enforced in a way to deter future criminals! The punishment was tough, and it was executed speedily—to protect the people and strike fear into those inclined toward crime. As long as such a system is used, crime is minimized.
The same principle applies to God’s instruction to parents in raising their children. God says that where you see evil in a child, confront it and drive it out! That is what Trayvon Martin and Nikolas Cruz desperately needed.
Proverbs 13:24 says if you spare the rod, you hate your son, but if you love him, you will chasten him promptly. The parent who loves his child springs into action when he sees evil. We should not excuse it or ignore it—or we are bringing curses into our children’s lives! Proverbs 29:15 tells us, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” The Parkland tragedy is bitter proof.
Look at the way God dealt with evil and sin in the New Testament, within His people! He commands over and over, if someone isn’t going the right way, to put that person out! (Romans 16:17; 2 John 10; 1 Corinthians 5:11).
In Romans 13, the Apostle Paul says that God puts the authorities of this world into positions of power in order to terrorize criminals! It says that the law enforcer “is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”
Look what happens when law enforcement doesn’t do that job—when it tries to accommodate crime rather than executing wrath upon it!
Do You Hate Evil Enough?
Think about what happened in Parkland! That was a result of trying to handle evil our own “more enlightened,” “more tolerant” way—rather than God’s way. People think they know the way to fairness, equality and righteousness. But if you are not looking to God’s definition of righteousness—it is self-righteousness! That is very dangerous. Look at the results!
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25).
Are you willing to accept God’s view on this subject? “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:7). “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil” (Psalm 97:10). “Hate the evil, and love the good” (Amos 5:15). “Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (Romans 12:9).
As a society, we simply do not hate evil enough!
A lot of people hate a lot of things, yet we do not hate evil as God defines evil! We do not confront sin as God defines sin!
God confronts evil. He saw how it all started: when the archangel Lucifer, whom God created, started harboring vain thoughts that ultimately drove him to try to usurp God’s throne (read Ezekiel 28:14-18). God responded with violent force, kicking His adversary, and all his demons, out of heaven and casting them down to Earth. Read Revelation 12:7-12.
These schools want to avoid “exclusionary practices.” Like expulsion. God is not afraid of expulsion! He kicks evil out!
The passage in Revelation 12 concludes with a chilling warning: “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth … for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Yes, the devil is right here among us—even, in some respects, within us. Do you recognize him?
Why would God curse us with Satan’s presence? Because He wants us to learn to confront evil. And He wants us to witness firsthand the devastating consequences of failing to do so. Anywhere we fail to confront evil—among nations, within communities and schools, in our families, within ourselves—it will spread.
When God establishes His rule, He is going to put down evil! Rule with a rod of iron! That is the only way to deal with entrenched rebellion. You cannot reason—negotiate!—accommodate! It must be forcibly put down!
And because He is going to do that, He will turn Earth into a peaceful paradise!
The Bible is full of prophecies of the peace and prosperity this world will enjoy—very soon! But that is only possible because God will eliminate evil!
And that is what He expects us to be doing in our lives today.
Learn this lesson. Understand this principle. Witness the problems in our society for failing to apply it—and be sure you are applying it in your own life! If you do, then you can enjoy the peace that comes as a result—just as surely as it will be experienced all over the Earth very soon!