April 02, 2008

Evidence of Evil

Center Elementary School in Waycross, GA

Earlier this week, nine children ages eight to ten were caught in a plot to try and kill their third grade teacher. They had the whole thing planned out, including who would cover the outside windows and who would wipe up the blood. This is coming on the heels of a sermon series that our church is doing called "Twisted". This sermon series discusses the theology of evil.

This is one of those times when everyone will wring their hands and wonder how this could happen. These are just children...what would cause them to do such a thing...what factors led to this...did they understand the reality of what they would be doing by stabbing their teacher.

Since we were kids, we have been told that in life, you just "have to look for the good in people." Sounds great, but it's an impossibility.

In Romans 3:10-12, the apostle Paul quotes Psalm 14 and 53 saying, "there is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks God...there is none who does good, there is not even one."

So there are no inherently "good" people. Romans 5:10 refers to us as "enemies of God". Therefore, the question is not, "how could this have happened?", but rather, "why does this not happen more often?" The answer lies in God's grace.

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