We Are to Stand Against Evil

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

There are some encouraging words for us in America today. How many of us are reluctant to speak out against that which is evil because we fear such foolishness as political correctness? How many of us are silent, because we fear losing our jobs? How many of us remain silent about the truth when it comes to dealing with our friends?

We have gone far too soft in our country. We are far too afraid, far too timid. Yet, being called to be a Christian means standing against evil and for the truth. We are to stand up against that which is evil because God has called us to, casting down every evil thought that stands opposed to God’s word.

Baba, a dear friend, encouraged me today by loaning me the biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas. Metaxas is the same man that wrote Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. Some of you may be familiar with the subsequent movie that was made from that book entitled Amazing Grace. If you have not seen, then by all means, order it now and watch it. It ranks up there is the movie, Luther, as far as movies that depict men who were strong in their faith and willing to suffer for it.

I look forward to reading the book on Bonhoeffer. You can see that it is already worth the read just from the quote above. Bonhoeffer truly stood against evil in his day and it cost him his life. We too are to do the same. It probably won’t cost us our lives, which is even more of a reason to stand for righteousness sake. In other words, we have fewer excuses in not standing for right. Falling under the condemnation of those who are politically correct and using a gallows has the same evil one behind it all. We are to resist him nonetheless.  As the Scripture tells us, resist the devil, and he will flee from us. Let us stand against that which is evil and for righteousness sake.

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7 thoughts on “We Are to Stand Against Evil

  1. Well said. I know someone who used to take Bonhoeffer very seriously. But sadly, he spent 80 years in a theologically liberal denomination (basically a big vat of “frog soup”) and now spouts politically correct sound bite nonsense (“But Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality,” etc.).

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    1. Which goes to show that you sit under that kind of teaching long enough, it will begin to make sense. We need to be serious about whom we sit under and make sure that we sit at HIS feet enough to know when those we submit ourselves to, are right or wrong in what they say and teach.

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    1. Thanks Julie. I appreciate that. 🙂

      BTW, please pray for us. I really need to find a job. The church here is getting closer to calling a pastor and every avenue or step I’ve taken seems to be a closed door. I’m really struggling with it all.

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  2. Why is that when I speak out against Islam and muslims on my facebook I am attacked and told that I’m not a Christian, I used to not post anything against them or against our government (current administration that is corrupt and taking this country to hell in a handbasket) … how do I tell them that God has told me to speak out against all of it using the Bible? I prayed on this for months before I started to post because I wasn’t sure if I should being a good Christian and every night something was telling me to let the world know about the evils that happening. I haven’t been able to put any single bible verse to this that tells a Christian to speak out to others about evil. I am also told that Jesus never spoke out against governments or against evil, though I know he did. I know we’re told to hate evil as God himself hates evil. Please help so I can get my friends off my back. I’m commenting from my facebook page if that helps

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    1. Hi Greg,
      I know your frustration. What many are doing is projecting what they think a Christian should be onto you, as opposed to who God is making you to be. We are to be faithful to the calling placed on us, stand for the truth and not waver. One of my favorite verses concerning this is 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

      The wisdom of the world will do whatever it can to silence us from speaking the truth. This is what political correctness is. It’s an attempt to silence us so we don’t speak the truth. But Paul shows us that we are to wage warfare, spiritually, against anything that stands against the truth. Yes, Islam is a false religion and set on destroying people’s lives. But we continue to proclaim Christ crucified, for the gospel is power unto salvation. We really don’t have to attack Islam per se, but that does help. They know it is wrong. What most don’t know is that they are more spiritually aligned with Islam than they are with true Christianity.

      Hope that helps.

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