A lot of bad things are happening in this world. And that’s nothing new. Right now we’re hearing a lot about the atrocities ISIS is perpetrating on anyone who does not agree with their specific radical ideology. But ISIS is only the latest and currently most visible expression of evil.
Any list of expressions of evil runs the risk of leaving out particularly heinous varieties. But here are a few examples:
- Human sex trafficking
- Violence against Christians in the Middle East, Africa, China, etc.
- Ethnic violence in various world regions
- Race-based violence
- Violent bullying
- Extreme poverty
- Extreme corporate greed and exploitation
- Violence against women, children, and even animals
My personal view is that righteous governments have a critical role to play in keeping evil in check. That truth is a Biblical value. (See Romans 13:1-5)
But this is not about political views or governmental responsibility. Instead, it’s about how you and I as individual Christians should respond when we become aware of evil, either in our own sphere of influence or in a larger context.