The Face of Evil

March 24, 2017 0 Comments

Another terrorist attack has occurred this past week, this time in London, England. An I.S.I.S. inspired man used his vehicle to run over innocent tourists on the bridge leading to Westminster (the British Parliament), then jumped out of his car and stabbed a policeman who was trying to arrest him. These periodic Islamic extremist attacks have become the new face of evil in our world. Truly, I.S.I.S. is the very personification of evil.

There is a verse of Scripture that comes to my mind in times like these. In God's description of the violence that filled the earth during the days of Noah, we read this statement: "Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts and intents of his heart was only evil continually" (Gen. 6:5). How applicable that Divine analysis is to our modern day terrorists. All they ever think about is how to commit there next evil attack and kill innocent people. No wonder Jesus said, in Matthew 24, that "as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of Man". That is one Bible prophecy that is right on the mark.

How can the human heart be so twisted and sick as this--to plot ways to hurt others, all in the name of "religion"? Jeremiah helps us with that question. "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?" (Jer. 17:9). The sinful depravity of the soul is nowhere better illustrated than in the actions of the Islamic terrorists.

Liberals are constantly telling us that "man is basically good". Are you kidding me? The Bible says man is a sinner by birth and by choice. His sin nature causes him to carry out some awful, sometimes unimaginable acts of brutality. Abortion is the senseless destruction of innocent human life, yet the liberals who defend such policies do not see the hypocrisy of their outrage against a terrorist who does the very same thing! (See Romans 2:1)

The songwriter got it right when he wrote:
"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me". It is only by the grace of God that we were not born into a culture of radical Islamic extremism. And so every time we see another news report of some horrific terrorist atrocity, let us be reminded that "there but for the grace of God go I"--were it not for His wonderful salvation.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.