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A Necessary Evil: The Conclusion of the Matter

We have Covered a Good number of topics in “A Necessary Evil”, here they are in no particular order:

Good and Bad
The Quantity of Evil
The Quality of Good
Evil Intention, Good outcome?
Bad and Evil
Lethal Lessons
Bad and Evil
The Sacrifice
Punishment
Tolerating People?
The Purpose of Evil
The Source of Evil
Good and Bad
So What is the conclusion of the matter? Well, I don’t know a better Verse in the Bible:
“…Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil…” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

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A Necessary Evil: Tolerating People?

“…… Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”
says the Lord.
Instead,
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good……” (Romans 12: 9-21)

People can be really nasty, I mean, some just have it out for you. Its best said in Kiswahili “watakutafuta, na watakupata“.
How do you react to people who are clearly malicious? How do you treat mean people? Would you react in such a way that you would say ‘they had it coming’ or ‘serves them right’? Who is responsible to make sure that they taste their own medicine? The Bible admonishes us to be very patient with such people. Yes, I know, its not easy-its never easy. While it may be true that they are building up for themselves wrath for the day of wrath, You, on the other hand, should consider that the Love of God is unconditional. He loves all people, even the nasty ones. His love and grace are so accommodating such that It withholds His hand from repaying, with the earnest expectation that such people will change-eventually-before its too late.
We should take up the same attitude. It may not be the most popular thing to do, but when has Christianity ever been popular? ‘..Ukristo ni ya watu nice..’

God has not forgotten how weak we are. That’s why His Holy Spirit gives patience as a gift….take it, trust me, you need it!

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A Necessary Evil: Punishment

“…The Lord is at the head of the column. He leads them with a shout. This is his mighty army, and they follow his orders. The day of the Lord is an awesome, terrible thing. Who can possibly survive? That is why the Lord says,
“Turn to me now, while there is time.
Give me your hearts.
Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,
but tear your hearts instead.”
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He is eager to relent and not punish……..”(Joel 2:11-13)

There is a great wrath that humans have built up in God. He has tried everything He possibly could to reconcile Man to Himself, yet, at the end of the day, God is Just-there has to be consequences to the great evil that has prevailed on the earth. God hates sin. It has to be expunged.
I hear people mention how they look forward to the coming of Christ. I may not know what they mean by that, but here’s what John foresaw: “…Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him— even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen!…”(Revelation 1:7)
Another statement that Christ made makes me even more convinced to the conclusion I am about to make: “…But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?…”(Luke 18:8)

I strongly believe that a very staggering percentage is knowledgeable of God’s intentions, yet they choose to disregard His directives and follow their passions and desires. It is a sad thing that what we observe in churches every weekend could be a very elaborate masquerade, a show between human beings of how good we are, and how well we relate to the Almighty, whilst knowing in our hearts how lost we are, how clueless, how dark, and not forgetting the lack of peace and joy.
Your fellow man will not be your advocate on the day of the Lord. Get the right lawyer-Jesus Christ. He bought the title of a redeemer with His life, giving up his deity and lowering Himself to the lowest point.
Punishment is eminent, but it will not happen to you if you cling to Christ, seek Him, make a personal commitment to know Him.
Punishment should not compel you come to Christ. His love and compassion should draw you to Him. The contrast of your destitute nature and His abundant providence should be your motivating factor. While it’s still day….

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A Necessary Evil: The Purpose of Evil

What? There’s a place for evil? A purpose? A necessity? Now, hold on a minute……..
“…The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster…” (Proverbs 16:4).

“Hey! What are you talking about? You mean there are some people who are created just to be destroyed?” If you would like to put it that way, Yes. While you’re at it, considering the provocative statement, do not forget how finite your thinking is. You can only think so far…
I once heard a preacher say..”God is not fair, He is just..” and I agree.

“…Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not! For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it. The Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, “I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you and to spread my fame throughout the earth.” So you see, God chooses to show mercy to some, and he chooses to harden the hearts of others so they refuse to listen.
Well then, you might say, “Why does God blame people for not responding? Haven’t they simply done what he makes them do?” No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, “Why have you made me like this?” When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into? In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who are destined for destruction…” (Romans 9:14-22)
Enough Said.

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A Necessary Evil: The Sacrifice

“…If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the One who sent me. They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates me also hates my Father. If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father. This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause.’..” (John 15:18-25)
All the twelve disciples died horrible and humiliating deaths. They were treated as criminals and lawbreakers. They often slept hungry, and they sometimes had to work to get the food. Through it all, they seemed to express a joy that their adversity could not comprehend. A peace that can only be explained as unusual.
Was it necessary for them to pass through such harsh persecution? What was the benefit of all that suffering? I don’t think that I can be able to answer such questions, but one thing remains true: the strength and ability God gives far outweighs the tribulations that come your way. Point to note: The greatest struggle is not physical-not by a long shot-its very spiritual. There are far more greater dangers in the spiritual than in the physical arena.
“…For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places….” (Ephesians 6:12)
So, their greatest struggle was that which was unseen. So what was the purpose of all that physical infirmity? I think it was a demonstration of the abundance of God’s grace, and the provision that He gives during adversity…and don’t think that God does not care..”…even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong…”

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A Necessay Evil: Love and Evil

“…The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins…”(1 Peter 4:8)
Love is the remedy for evil. Its abundance implies not a high tolerance of Evil, but an enduring strength. When it seems like the world is turning into a great stockpile of evil, Love comes and makes all the difference. Its like when you were a child, you believed that all was alright as long as your loving parents were near.
“…And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love….” (Romans 5:4-5)

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A Necessary Evil: Lethal Lessons

The world still argues morality and ethics concerning capital punishment. The main question would be: What is the criteria of a decision that would lead to the death penalty? Take a look at this passage:
“….I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground. In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses. All of them ate the same spiritual food, and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ. Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day. Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age….”(1 Corinthians 10:1-11)
The world has run out of time, and the increase in knowledge is increasing the quality of the evil that we do every day. The things that were done in the ancient times are no different that what we do today, we are just more efficient and discreet in the execution of evil, to the extent that we fool each other of our true nature.
Do not ask: why were the people of old so evil? Well, at least they were more honest about it, and the punishment they received was just, and every time God caused suffering due to their acts-they repented.
But the heart of man is exceedingly evil. God had to lay all the punishment due to humanity on His Son, that way, Christ is justified to represent those who would choose to accept His redemption….”The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent…” (2 Peter 3:9). These lethal lessons are not meant to scare anyone to repentance, but to display the stark contrast between God’s Love and the Punishment due to us.