Evil In This World

Matthew 15:19 says,“For out of the heart come evil thoughts–murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”
I’ve thought a great deal about this lately. I’ve read discussions about the 2nd amendment and heard passionate arguments about gun control. And my thoughts have not been about laws or my rights as an American. My thoughts have been about evil in this world and the Church’s response to it.
Everyone wants to know the motive of Stephen Paddock, the killer of 58 people in Las Vegas and the one who wounded 500+ others. His motive was to murder people…and I believe Jesus very clearly says that motive came from the Evil thoughts he had beforehand that then became his actions. People want to know “why.” “How could someone get to this point in their thinking.” And I have no idea. No idea how long he thought this way or the specific whys for this horrible deed but all evil all sin finds it’s genesis in the human heart and given enough time and thought it will conceive and give birth to death 
My great concern for Jesus’ people and for His Church is how we respond. When asked by Pilate right before His crucifixion if He were a king? Jesus responded, “Yes, but my Kingdom is not of this world.” It puzzles me when his followers act like it is. I’m not saying we shouldn’t get involved in legislation or the political arena but our first response to evil and sin must be a biblical one. The answer for sin is a Savior. The only cure for an evil sinful heart determined to selfishly have what it wants is a transformation through a spiritual heart transplant. Only God can change our hearts. And only when our hearts are changed can evil be conquered. 
Let me share just a short section of scripture from Galatian chapter 5
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
There is no law that can make a man or woman choose to be loving, joyful, peaceful etc. and there is no law that can keep a man or woman from immorality hatred greed or murder. My point is: if we are the Church our first response to the evil of this world should be “the gospel.” Yes we care about laws but the only way to change the human heart is through Christ’s Spirit. It should be our mission. Our goal. Our first response and our last response. Jesus is the only answer for the evil that flows from every human heart. Including Stephen Paddock’s. Rick Burdette’s and yours.

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