LETTER: Turn to Christ in trying times
To the Editor:
Walter Williams’s opinion [piece] in Sunday’s Herald, “How to assist evil,” concerning the millions who have been murdered by government killers under the authority of tyrannical leaders, points to the heart within mankind that can be so easily deceived and influenced by evil. Seeds of evil are sown in the legislative body of a country or state, and they grow until an evil leader can take full advantage at an opportune time. Common citizens intent on living quiet and peaceable lives must constantly keep watch. One day, they may awaken to realize they have been pawns in a ruthless ruler’s desire for control, subjects of scientific or technological experiments for the “betterment” of mankind, or targets for death by religious groups who believe the killing of infidels is the will of their god.
Christians who follow the Apostle Paul’s doctrine are not surprised by the deceitfulness and wickedness in the hearts of godless people. Chapter 3 of 2 Timothy describes it this way: “But know this, that in the last days, perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away.”
To whom can we turn during these difficult times? Jesus taught his disciples to remember that in him, they will find peace: “In the world, you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” During times of persecution, denominational walls fall; believers unite in Christ and his enduring word.
Paul concludes the chapter, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Robert A. Watson