“Intelligent Evil”

On Thursday, February 21st, 2013, fans of the English soccer team, the Tottenham Hotspurs, were attacked in Lyon, France by 50 masked hooligans, chanting anti-Semitic slogans. (The Spurs are a club known for having many Jewish fans.) It truly amazes and horrifies me that this type of behavior cannot be eradicated from society. To me, it confirms the existence of intelligent evil. A few weeks back, I mentioned that God gave Adam and Eve one commandment in the Garden of Eden – not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was this command that Satan directly attacked. Similarly, when God chose the Jewish people, Satan set out to destroy them. Yes, many other people have been targeted throughout history, but none so consistently and in so many geographic locations as the Jewish people. Sadly, much of this has come at the hands of professed Christians. “Intelligent evil” is a scary thought because it means that there is, albeit loosely knit, an overall objective of evil. Its mission is destroying God’s plan. This is not only true on an overt scale (i.e. the Jewish persecution), but it is true within us. Satan is trying to destroy the good that is in us. It is no wonder that Paul uses soldiering analogies when talking about our time here on earth; we are in a battle. How to defend yourself? Put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and when you have a moment, borrow a copy of “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. Fight for the good, both within you and outside of you.

Associate Pastor Emeritus, Grace Community Church Greg Zehner