The other day a guy came into the store I work at (A paint store). He's a 'greeny.' Some people would call him a 'tree hugger.' We, the boss and several other customers, were talking about theology (we either talk theology or politics - never a dull moment). We invited him into the conversation which was about 'evil.' He said - 'evil is a throwaway word.' I, being the inquisitive sort that I am recoiled in disbelief and asked - 'So Hitler wasn't evil - his actions weren't evil?' 'No,' he said - 'he came from an abusive background. His father brutalized him.' And so I - being a bit disjointed by his comment said - 'So that excuses the killing of six million Jews and countless millions of others - because he had a bad childhood - and his actions aren't evil?' He pressed on and continued to stand by his comments - By now my guts were churning in horror that such brutally, evil actions could be dismissed by someone who seemed to be somewhat intelligent, in the mainstream. I pressed on and asked- 'So if there is no evil how can we qualify anything as good or right.' He couldn't answer - because there was no answer.
There was no answer because he was wrong! I am right - I am right because the Word of God tells us that there is evil in the world - it is personified in Satan and his demons. It is there goal to steal, kill and destroy. That is what Hitler did, and every other despot that has ever lived. Possessed, or at least influenced, by evil they steal, kill and destroy!
Evil is present in our world today - Paul said the devil 'is like aroaring lion looking for someone to devour!' He wants to devour me and you - our only hope is to weild the shield of faith witchwhich we can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.
It is a daily confrontation we face. Moment by moment sometimes. But we are given assurance that if we resist the devil he will flee from us! He must - for God is with us!