“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (I Corinthians 1:18).”
A soldier blows away a number of his comrades. A university coed disappears from a concert and the entire state posts her picture and hopes for her safe return. Sixty million people lose power due to a massive outage. All of these items of recent news cause talking heads and other media types to wring their hands and ask how and why these things could happen.
These commentators try to find someone to blame for tragedies such as these. The army is blamed for not seeing the warning signs of a deranged killer. The missing college student’s friends are accused of not reporting her disappearance. The government is blamed for having a poor power infrastructure.
What makes this blame game so frustrating isn’t that there is no one to accuse of wrongdoing. It is just that the accusers are missing the mark as to who is responsible. The Bible says that there is a major devil named Satan who is looking to destroy us (I Peter 5:8). He was cast from heaven and has deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9).
If this truth was brought up in the mainstream media, the person doing so would be a laughingstock. Of course, this should be no surprise since the message of the cross of Christ is also foolishness to a lot of people (I Corinthians 1:18-25). The good news is that many times what is foolish to a lost mankind is wisdom to God. So it behooves us who call ourselves believers in Christ to stand firm in God’s wisdom and knowledge and understand where evil in the world comes from. When we do this, we will be more apt to not join the handwringing of the media. Instead, it is more likely we will be moved to pray against the Evil One.