I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotions. Exposing & Fighting Evil

Jenni sighed and put down the paper. The statistics on abortion legislation depressed her, not so much because of the article itself, but due to the gross inaccuracies evident within the story.

“So-called ‘facts’,” she mumbled cynically, “produced by the vested interest of pro-abortion lobbying organizations.” She shook her head, saddened by the overwhelming magnitude of self-interest proliferated by the media without regard to truth.

Remembering the violent immorality of the movie she and her husband had started to watch on TV the night before, she shuddered. How could anyone broadcast such awful stuff, knowing that children watch television, often without much supervision?

She recalled reading about lawsuits perpetrated by pornographers against regular, everyday people who want to shop without exposing themselves or their children to violence and pornography in pictures, posters, magazines and videos. Women and children are degraded in horrific ways. The music companies were almost worse.

Jenni sighed again. How futile her own small efforts seemed. Why even bother? Nothing changed. In fact, the release of horror and porn and evil got worse every year. And yet, the quote from Edmund Burke flashed in her mind. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” God called her to light a candle. Sitting down at her laptop, Jenni typed out a letter to the media and social media.

How often do we feel like Jenni, but give up in despair and do nothing, say nothing The Bible tells us to “Expose evil.” But how can I fight such pervasive evil?

God does not expect us, or any individual, to right all the world’s numerous problems. He expects only that each of be available and faithful to obey him when He calls us to step forward as His witness of what is good and true and righteous. Not more, but not less.

Have children? Our task is to love them and raise them to love and follow Jesus. Maybe He is calling you to write a letter, call a friend, volunteer at church or a local pro-life center.

Maybe there is a way to share Christ by your attitude and actions at work as well as through words of encouragement. In the right circumstances, and by listening to the leading of Christ, share God’s Word.

We need to be faithful to God’s guidance. That means asking Jesus to live through us with a light that “exposes evil.

”And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
–Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)

Sunday Read: I Peter 3:10-16

Help me, Lord, not become so overwhelmed by the evil I see around me that I forget You are in control. Help me remember, that with Your guidance, I can do any task You ask of me. Amen.

Monday: Ephesians 5:1-11
Tuesday: Colossians 3:1-15
Wednesday: Ephesians 6:11-18 Thursday: I Timothy 6:11-14, 17-21 Friday: Romans 12:16-21
Saturday: Isaiah 40:29-31; Daniel 11:32b

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