Why is Evil Rampant in our Country?

Following the horrific mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, politicians and pundits are asking the same questions, promoting familiar explanations, and making urgent demands that we’ve all heard before.

“One question no one is asking,” raised columnist Cal Thomas is “Why is evil rampant in our country?”

Thomas further explained, “I don’t mean obvious evil like the all too frequent mass murders. There are other evils, which seem to have come from the ‘pit’ and are roaming among us uncontrolled.”

“We seem to tolerate everything these days and oppose controlling what once was called evil behavior,” he observed. “Bad behavior is now considered good and good behavior is thought to be bad. Those who practice good behavior are often labeled with words that end in “-phobe.” Societal norms have been undermined. Normal is what individuals think is true for them.”

Thomas’ conclusion, in the words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, is that “Men have forgotten God.”

I’m reminded of Moses’ warning to the children of Israel as they stood on the brink of the promised land. “Beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage” (Deut 6:11). He knew the danger of them inheriting a land that they didn’t work for, enjoying prosperity, but forgetting it was God who blessed them and provided their material abundance.

In the United States, our money is inscribed, “In God We Trust.” Do we really? Our pledge of allegiance contains the words “One Nation Under God?” Are we? Our actions and attitudes as a nation suggest a painfully negative answer.

During the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, when our nation was torn apart by a Civil War, on March 30, 1863, he issued a Proclamation for a Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. His words ought to serve as a wake-up call for us today.

“And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People?”

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”

“It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

I don’t labor under any illusion that this little blog will be read by politicians who take it to heart. Nor, do I naively think that these warnings will have some dramatic impact on our culture.

However, maybe they will remind all of us who claim allegiance to Christ of who we are. Of what we are to be. Or why we’re here on earth. And of how our lives ought to be transformed by the Word, not conformed to the world around us.

In fact, before we become self-righteous in our finger-pointing of a world that has forgotten God, maybe it’s good to ask, “Have I forgotten God?”

In my quest for success, have I forgotten God?

In my pursuit of pleasure, have I forgotten God?

In my fervor for financial freedom, have I forgotten God?

In my accumulation of material possessions, have I forgotten God?

Does my treatment of other people signal that I have forgotten God?

Does the atmosphere and environment in my home indicate that I have forgotten God?

Even though I’m faithful in church attendance, is it possible that I’ve allowed traditions to replace Truth and have forgotten God?

And in my zeal to promote my political agenda and espouse my patriotic loyalty, could I have misplaced my spiritual priorities and forgotten God?

I can’t control what happens in the White House. The courthouse. Or the houses of Congress. But I can begin in my house. My life. My heart.

May I “set my hope in God, and forget not the works of God. But keep His commandments” (Ps 78:7).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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17 responses to “Why is Evil Rampant in our Country?

  1. Stephen Segrest

    Dear Ken, Here is the concern of many with your next to the last sentence: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King. And as always, Agape.

    • As always, thanks for reading and commenting, Stephen. Thanks a great quote by King. I may use it sometime. However, maybe I’m too dense to see it, but not sure what it has to do with my post?

  2. Larry Hafley

    Ken, This is the finest article in your series of essays in “The Preachers Word.”It ought to receive national publication and distribution.  Whether or not it has any impact or influence, it needs to be seen by the citizens of our disintergrating, deteriotating country.Thanks for writing it.  May God bless you in your work.  Brotherly, Larry

  3. Ken, this is indeed a fine article. Ungodly thinking and actions are rampant. God sent his only son into the world as ONE HUMAN FAMILY, created in the image and eternal likeness of God.

    Failing to realize this, brother takes up arms against brother in the name of God. The victor then goes about to oppress and silence all those that oppose him. The opposition fights back, goes on marches and digs up every bit of dirt to fling back at the oppressor, hoping to win the next battle.

    In today’s rhetoric my words would be immediately challenged for being sexist because historically the male gender has acted as if the male gender had a god given right to rule over the female gender and any male or female or non-gendered being that challenged his privileged position over them. Christians in their infancy have promoted this conquering hero view.

    So, we Christians believing in the unity of the family of Christ need to help and encourage each other to understand the words Jesus spoke in light of who Christ is. This is imperative. How can we go out into the world preaching and teaching about Jesus if we cannot see clearly, if we are only seeing a reflection of the light through a mirror (1 Corinthians 13:11-12)

    Many believers are thinking like children and cannot see Paul clearly.That is understandable because Paul is the “eternal” ambassador of light and in chains until Christians mature (Ephesians 6:20). Paul is the Mother of the Gospel. She is He because she was crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20) and she knew that one day Jesus would return and empower all those who had died believing in Christ to stand up and bring peace and salvation to God’s Holy Family and all Creation (1 Thessalonians 4:9-18).

  4. courtneybdavidson

    Ken this is a wonderfully written article and I love how you tied in the words of Abraham Lincoln! My prayer now is that it will be read and spread!!

  5. This is exactly what I’ve been thinking and praying about. I’ll be sharing it as widely as I can on social media — even if it means they censor me. This won’t be a popular message in Silicon Valley. God has already blessed America. I pray that now he will save America and that Americans will repent and turn back to their God.

  6. Billie

    Super. One of your best 😁

  7. Steven Jones

    Very good article Ken! We all need this reminder!

  8. Philip North

    This reminds me of the phrase, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Such is so. After all, one reason history keeps repeating itself is because mankind keeps on making the same mistakes. Ever so much of Israel never seemed to learn from the mistakes of their ancestors.

  9. Nancy Daigle

    I know you have this issue, right on the bottom. Mind you there are some brave souls out there preaching the Lord’s word. They are trying, some have success with individuals and some get charged or arrested but eventually got let go by the justice of the peace. The 12 apostle, went through difficult times to get this gospel to us. We must not discourage ourselves. We must know God is always working in behind the doors we do not see. If he has to use evil for good he will. I suggest a tv episode from Netflix “The Family” quite interesting it’s about a chosen Christians that live among the politicians. We know the world will get worst like birth pains it does say it in the Bible. Don’t we have to try to wake does who are asleep. Your right we do have to make sure we are right with God in our hearts before we go out a wake the world.

    • Nancy, thank you. Your reply is encouraging. God is sneaky sometimes…and patient. He and his Love sneak up on people and catch them off guard. His Love can even use Evil for good and transform what everybody is so sure is the worst thing on earth into something people just can’t do without.

  10. Derr Johnston

    When a nation turns “it’s” back on GOD, those folks are left to themselves.

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