November 2

November 2, 2020
By Terry Abel

Evil

“Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9

A few weeks back Pastor Jonna brought up the topic of evil.  In his letter to the Christians in Rome, Paul gave believers there some guidelines on Christian living, saying among other things that, in relating to others, they were to abhor what was evil and adhere closely to what was good.  The topic of evil is one that my husband Brad and I stumbled across recently while watching Morgan Freeman’s series “All about God.”  Whether you agree with or like this series or not, the segment on evil was rather surprising.  Freeman actually interviewed a notorious psychopath from an American prison.  This man, according to Freeman, personified evil.  He had killed a lot of people, but what Freeman found interesting was that this criminal had absolutely no remorse for the actions and consequences of what he had done, because he said he just couldn’t feel anything.   In a sense, this uncaring, insensitive feeling toward his deplorable behavior and its consequences is evil. 

Harriet Tubman, one of the most famous women in American history, by contrast, deeply cared about people, as God wants us to do, and because she felt in her soul that “people shouldn’t own people” she risked her life to lead seventy slaves to freedom as conductor of the Underground Railroad.  This woman of deep faith’s story is well depicted in the 2019 movie Harriet.  She cared for people, whether they suffered from her actions or the actions of others, and she worked tirelessly to correct these wrongs.  I consider that a great example of “good.”

Heavenly Father,

Help us to hate what is evil and cling to what is good.  Help us care about all people, even those with less privileges than we have, and be in a sense more like Harriet Tubman by helping others lead better lives. Help us keep going in a positive direction even during these challenging times.  In Jesus’ name we pray. 

Amen

 

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