July 18, 2010

For Good Or For Evil – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:00 am by kdkelly

In the book of Genesis it is written, “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31 ) Everything that God created was good and it was good for the man and woman he created. But because of their sin, they took that which was good and made something bad out of it. This has been the history of man—to take something good that God has made and use it for evil.

Ben Franklin in his autobiography mused about God and His revelation, “Revelation had indeed no weight with me as such; but I entertained an opinion that though certain actions might not be bad because they were forbidden by it, or good because it commanded them, yet probably those actions might be forbidden because they were bad for us, or commanded because they were beneficial to us in their own natures, all the circumstances of things considered.” Ben reasoned correctly that some things are bad because of what they are and some things are good because of what they are. God has warned us about those things that are evil and commanded us to avoid them. He has also told us those things that are good and encouraged us to pursue them. (Galatians 5:19-23) Man has not changed much since God spoke of those who were living in the days of Noah, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5 ) Man will take that which is good and make something evil out of it. Let’s consider a few of them.

Language

God has given man the ability to communicate by means of the spoken word. Man is able to put his thoughts into spoken words and thus share them with others. But language can be used for an evil purpose. “And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Come, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:1-4) God was not pleased with this. “So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city. Therefore was the name of it called Babel; because Jehovah did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:8-9 ) James wrote of the tongue, “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” (James 3:5-10) Our language today has become such an accepted evil that a federal appeals court this week ruled that the FCC’s crackdown on “indecency” and expletives on television is unconstitutionally vague, and creates a “chilling effect”.

Drugs

I for one am glad that I live in this age. I feel so blessed to live in a time where there are antibiotics, drugs to control diabetes and high blood pressure, fight cancer, eliminate pain. I can’t imagine having surgery to remove a leg or arm without pain killers. The use of anesthetics has allowed us to move into areas of open heart surgery and all manner of joint replacements. Yet man has taken those same drugs and turned them into an epidemic of evil. “Throughout Arkansas foreign-based and domestic drug trafficking groups have developed sizable transportation and distribution networks for methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana. By far, the most significant problem facing Arkansas is the proliferation of small, toxic local clandestine methamphetamine labs distributing locally.” (www.drugaddictions.com)

Medical Practice

The practice of medicine has reached levels of sophistication today that would have been thought of as science fiction only 50 years ago. Today we are able to replace hearts, livers, kidneys, corneas, knees, hips and many other body parts. The skill of medical professionals in the United States is second to none. Yet some use their skill for one of the greatest evils to overtake America. According to the Guttmacher Institute, “In 2005 (the most recent year for which there is reliable data), approximately 1.21 million abortions took place in the U.S., down from an estimated 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2005, more than 45 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S.” The taking of an unborn child’s life is a blot on America that God will not ignore.

Choose You This Day

Joshua wrote, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15 ) Let us choose who we will follow, whether it will be the gods of this world which have turned the goodness of God’s world into evil, or the goodness of God and his will for us. Choose now and choose wisely. Amen

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