As I think about what to write for this article, I’m at a loss. It seems like the news today is dominated by the evil in society. It seems like some disturbed person wants to have his/her 15 minutes of fame (or infamy).
Two weeks, two Sundays, two mass shootings. One killed one person and injured six or seven others. One killed over fifty and injured hundreds more. Two distinct acts of senseless violence.
How do we respond? What do we say? Is there anything or anyone we can blame? Sure, we are angry, but in what direction do we direct that anger?
I believe the real culprit has not been mentioned by the mainstream media’s reports on either of these two events or any other man caused tragedy. And I believe this actually causes the real culprit to giggle with glee.
The one to blame is none other than Satan himself! He is 100% behind all of the evil that has EVER reared its ugly head.
The problem is that we turn the blame in any OTHER direction: groups of people, inanimate objects, Satan even has some folks blaming God Himself!
From the beginning (Genesis 3), Satan has made it his goal to separate mankind from God. From the beginning, he has been successfully separating man from God.
From the beginning, Satan has tried to get mankind to blame someone else for his deception. From the beginning, Satan has been successfully getting us to blame others...even to blame God (see Genesis 3:12).
And Satan will continue to be successful...unless we start to recognize that he is behind everything evil in the world today.
Even though Satan is a defeated enemy, he is still our enemy. He is still going to do everything he can to hurt God by hurting us.
We are not engaged in a figurative war with Satan: the war is real...so are the casualties.
The loss of life over the past couple of Sundays has been tragic. One group targeted were just attending a concert. One group were just attending church services.
Satan is alive and well in the world. We need to be prepared for any and all of his tactics: whatever they are and wherever they happen.
And we need to remember that Satan is behind all the evil in the world.