Thursday, January 24, 2008
Just wanna watch the world burn...
I've become fascinated with Trailer 1 of the much-anticipated movie "Dark Knight". The trailer features nothing but dialogue between Bruce Wayne and Alfred. Referring to the Joker, Alfred says, "Some men aren't looking for anything logical. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men....just wanna watch the world burn."
Have you ever been in the presence of evil? In the presence of a person who, at least at that moment, didn't care about God, or you, or anyone else, or anything? Didn't care about how his actions affected others? Willing to hurt or destroy, just to get and preserve his way?
I think I have. Only once, that I'm really sure of. And, I'll be honest; it was scary.
What comfort or recourse do we have in dealing with evil in this world?
Words from Psalm 37:
"Do not fret because of evildoers...." "Trust in the Lord...."
"Delight yourself in the Lord..." "Commit your way to the Lord...."
"Trust in Him..." "Rest in the Lord...."
"...wait patiently for Him..."
"The wicked plots against the just...The Lord laughs at him...."
Jesus also reminds us what we should and should not be afraid of: "Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to deliver both soul and body into hell." -- Matthew 10:28
Even after all the warnings in Scripture about the ultimate fate of evildoers, the lasting message is one of hope, even for them: "The Lord....is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." -- 2 Peter 3:9