Deliver us from evil.
By Mario Murillo
They never gave it a thought. Something like this is unimaginable here. Their loved ones are safe on the Umpqua Community College campus. I understand this. I’ve been to Roseburg. I have preached on that campus. It is beautiful and serene…then evil came calling.
How does evil feel? It begins as a surreal feeling. Unimaginable horror grips your body. You feel like you can’t breathe—because you can’t. A set of facts crash against your heart that is impossible to absorb.
Evil is senseless, cruel and personal. It seeks the precious life…the thing most loved. When it hits, it crushes you under an avalanche of emotion.
Consider how it unfolded in Roseburg:
CNN)[Breaking news update 11:38 p.m. ET]
The gunman who opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College targeted Christians specifically, according to the father of a wounded student.
Before going into spinal surgery, Anastasia Boylan told her father and brother the gunman entered her classroom firing. The professor in the classroom was shot point blank. Others were hit, she told her family.
Everyone in the classroom dropped to the ground.
The gunman, while reloading his handgun, ordered the students to stand up if they were Christians, Boylan told her family.
“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,'” Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.
“And then he shot and killed them.”
When a mass shooting horrifies the nation…voices scream at us from the ramparts of their preconceived notions and ideologies. They have to blame the gun, the environment, the parents, the drugs, the internet—anything to escape the one fact too terrible to consider.
We keep saying America needs to have a conversation about guns, race, sexual orientation, economics, foreign policy or global warming. We need to talk about EVIL.
Nothing has damaged America more than our refusal to accept the existence of evil. Denial of evil, poisons our perspective on everything. We can’t use common sense. We can’t stop violence. We can’t stand against tyrants. We can’t identify perversion. We can’t find natural outrage about selling baby body parts.
Obama says, in reaction to this campus atrocity: “the places in America that have the least gun restrictions are the places with the most killings.”
I have to tell you that there is evil in that remark. He is from Chicago. Chicago has had 6,000 shootings and 1,600 murders in 4 years. Chicago also has the most gun laws in the world.
Evil must—at all costs—be denied. For example: the College only had one security guard—he was unarmed. Even after this massacre, the college officials say they will not allow armed security.
Obama before the U.N. a few days ago: “We must remember that terrorism has come from all religions. We must not single out any one religion.” My question is simple: Is that still true when 99.9% of all terrorism is done in the name of Islam?
The biggest reason they reject the idea of evil is because acknowledging evil is a bridge to the supernatural. When you admit evil…you are near to admitting the evil one. A line in the movie The Usual Suspects: “the greatest thing the devil ever did was to convince the world that he does not exist.”
The supernatural element of evil is why a true atheist cannot believe in evil. They also cannot believe in good. They love to claim they are rational but their view is irrational. They filter out any evidence that contradicts their narrative.
I was not surprised that the shooter was an atheist or that he targeted Christians. When you remove God, evil automatically fills the vacuum. If God doesn’t exist then why hate Christians any more than those who believe in the tooth fairy? Why would you want to kill them? Someone inside you wants to kill them–that’s why.
The consequence of removing God is an influx of evil. One of the most painful parts of Jesus’ teaching is that if you are not serving God, you are serving evil: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” -Matthew 6:24. It may be passive or active but the fact is that you advance evil automatically when you refuse to serve God.
Why are we in a time when anything goes? G. K. Chesterton explained: “When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.” We stopped believing in God. Now we believe a lot of things. We began to destroy decency.
We believe that terrorists are misguided victims. We believe that only guns kill people. We believe that you can deny nature and DNA and self-identify. We believe that global warming (based on biased science) is a greater threat than ISIS which is based on beheadings. We believe that no one is really trying to hurt us so we leave our borders open. We believe that Black Lives Matter except when it comes to abortion where black lives make up 20% of all abortions.
Satan hates Israel. That fact was driven home in the well of the United Nations when Benjamin Netanyahu told the world that no one has stood with Israel. For 45 seconds Netanyahu stood speechless and the entire body remained silent.
The more that America slumps toward Gomorrah, the more the world sinks into anarchy. Why would we continue to reject God when the consequences are hitting us like a Mack Truck? The answer is evil. How can we pray—Deliver us from Evil—the one prayer that can save us…if we continue to deny that evil exists?