by Al Benson Jr.
That old saying “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” is more true today than at anytime in our history. And it seems that in the Christian Church (all denominations) we have more and more good men willing to do absolutely nothing at all to combat what is plainly evil.
Thee Christian Church has been mostly neutralized, starting with the Scofield Bible heresy and continuing on from there. There are a few good Christians here and there that still seek to combat evil, but bye and large, the Church as been put to sleep-and too many good men just don’t want to hear about anything “negative” or evil because if they knew some of what went on they might have to rise up and do something about it and that just takes too much effort that they no longer feel is worth the effort. They have been programmed to try to “snatch a few brands from the burning” and otherwise to let this world go to hell because it ain’t worth saving. Needless to say, I disagree with them, but that’s where many are and they’re not about to budge from that position. After all, the “rapture” is coming to take them out of this mess, so why bother!
I have known Christians that got ticked off at me because I pointed out some of the evil they did not care to be confronted with. I knew one man that, if I pointed out bad things going on he would say “I’m in complete agreement with you, but don’t you believe the Lord is in control?” The Lord being in control was his excuse for not doing anything about the evil .I have never felt the Lord wasn’t in control of it all, but I often feel that the Lord wants to control the evil through the efforts of His people–and too many of His people ain’t having any of that! No letters to the editor of a local paper or to your Congress critters about bad situations. Just not worth the effort!
Another man I knew never wanted to be told about anything “negative!” Everything always had to be “positive.” Sorry folks, but that’s not how the real world works–that’s the way a fairy tale world works! And while positive stuff is nice, you can’t just ignore the evil at work in the world and only focus on the positive.
Now admittedly, in my writing, I usually focus on lots of bad things that I have become aware of over the years. If I ignored the negatives and only accented the positives, I could not live with myself! I feel Scripture requires us to oppose evil that we might point to what the Lord expects us to do. Ignoring evil because we don’t want to have to deal with it doesn’t cut the mustard–anymore than leaving your kids in public school so they can be a “witness” to the system does! It’s a cop out! An excuse for not doing anything when we should be doing something .Not only have we become neutralized, we’ve become lazy! Neutrality (lukewarmness) has turned us into spiritual mugwumps–with our mugs on one side of the fence and our wumps planted firmly on the other side–good fence straddlers!
We should wonder how many of the ills in this country could be slowed down or even reversed if Christians just got off their couches of ease and got involved! How many “positive” things could be accomplished with more Christian input? I have a good friend up north who told me years ago that “Christians will flee responsibility like they would the plague.” I fear, at this point in history, he may be right!