Evil has many faces. It is a much disputed thing in our current atmosphere of human secularism and changing morality. What was once considered sinful and evil has now become accepted in our culture today. Outside the church, much of our nation works to legalize what once was considered evil, drug use. The face of evil has changed, evolved. Even within the church, evil has changed. Growing up, many of us remember when it would have been considered evil for a woman to wear pants to church. Not anymore. Nor should it be. My only point is that over the years, evil has presented many faces that have changed. This is true in every area of life…except one. The is one face of evil that has always remained.
A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.
We know that evil does not come from the Lord, but He does allow it that we might know the difference and choose the goodness of our Lord over the evil of this world. But when evil is perpetrated against adults who have put themselves in the pathway of the wicked, though we have compassion, we know that they had something to do with it. The innocence of a child though is just that-innocent. A child has done nothing to deserve the evil all around them. When evil attacks the pure innocence of a child, is this not the greatest evil. A child cannot fight back. A child is easily swayed and deceived. A child is without the power, money, or physical strength to fight off evil. This is the ugliest of evil and this face of evil has always been.
The Lord declared a fight between the offspring of Satan and the offspring of Eve in the Garden of Eden and that battle rages. Eve is the mother of the living and the dragon still salivates waiting to devour the innocent. Pharaoh order babies be thrown into the Nile. King Herod had every male child murdered in hopes of destroying the newly born King of the Jews. In an effort to destroy our faith, the dragon still seeks out our children. Babies killed through abortion. Physical and mental abuse. Molestation. Rape. How many times have we heard of a child beaten to death by their own parent because they would not stop crying? Children burned in the bathtub purposely at the hands of callous mothers, fathers, babysitters. This face of evil has not changed.
Evil is not without resourcefulness. Not every attack is physically violent. Our children are taught there is no God that we all came from single cell. Imagine how the abused child sitting in class must feel when they are taught there is nothing and no one higher than us that might see what goes on behind the closed doors of their bedroom. When they take God, they steal the hope of innocence. Economic and materialistic attacks have produced latchkey kids very alone, stressed out parents without the emotional capacity to give to their children after a very long work week. Even when I walk through clothing stores, I see the world attempting to convince little girls their value is found in their sexuality by selling a line of clothing that reveals way too much for a nine year old girl. The dragon still sits in waiting to devour our children any way he can.
I believe this is why Christ rebuked the disciples when they attempted to come to Christ. If the most innocent are not provided a pathway to hope, how can we say God is Good. He rebuked them:
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
And if we witness the mutilation of the innocent, do we not have on obligation, a command from the Lord to expose what is being done. Should we not fight, yell, scream, scratch, and claw as if it were our own child? Scripture teaches us to have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5:11) Looking the other way and holding our tongue are cause for the Lord’s rebuke upon us. Our face is reflected in the mirror of evil. I might not be our hands that strike. It may not be our words that crush. It may not be our beds that steals innocence, but when the Lord has drawn my eye to what is done, it can only continue by my permission. As their bodies are beaten, their spirits are crushed. We must be the hands of God. Let us take hold of the fur of that snarling beast, pull him off, and heave him far. Let us bring into the light the deeds of darkness and may darkness be dissipated. This face of evil remains unchanged as does the innocence of our children, and the command of our God.