Evil is evil. It is all part of the same family. Whether it is a parent who is a child abuser, a teacher who is a bully, a government leader who is a dictator-they all have the same evil spirit.
In the United States, with our physical freedom, and our constant access to information, it is easy for us not to see the clear contrast between the darkness and the light. We see a lot of grey, but it is not as grey as we think.
The evil men in our country are often forced to be more deceitful, but the spirit is just as evil as the evil in other places.
Knowledge is power. If we are not ignorant of the devices of evil, we will be able to recognize what is going on. Knowledge is understanding the truth. The truth will make you FREE.
In North Korea, it is a crime, punishable by death to have a Bible or a Scripture verse. Lighting a Christmas tree, which we see as a secular enjoyment of a season, is a pleasure that would get you killed in that country.
Do they turn on news media and watch it? Do they read lots of books? No. Media, books, Scripture and even expressions of joy or holiday are seen as a THREAT to the worship and pre-eminence of the dictator family who the people are forced to serve.
Often, we find amidst all the politics and details in the world, that things seem complicated and confusing, and maybe they are. But sometimes we lose track of a pretty simple truth about the world there IS good and there IS evil.
When we fought the Nazis in world war 2, we were fighting a regime that wanted to annihilate an entire race and religion. to silence them, to destroy them. we were fighting EVIL.
When we fight the Islamists who want Shariah law to rule the world, who want to decapitate anyone who does not share their religion. who want to shut down schools, outlaw books, and oppress-we are fighting evil.
When we fight the sex-traficking network in this world that is kidnapping and taking advantage of women all over the world to enslave them, we are fighting evil.
There is EVIL in this world and it is always an enemy of freedom.
NO ONE should be oppressed or dominated by another human being, ever. It is evil.
No human being was created to be subject to the whims and wills of another human being.
Christ said we should treat others as we would want to be treated-to love others as we love ourselves.
This is in direct opposition to those who seek to dominate, control, oppress, manipulate or take advantage of others.
We see references to shining the light-or liberty, freedom, etc. as being .......cliche..........but in very dark places, something as simple as a lit Christmas tree---completely against the law in North Korea, as a symbol of joy, liberty, and hope.
You may sit around with your family and have a movie night, having a nice time, maybe having a pizza or some ice cream or something...and hey, it's a good time. But to those in an abusive home, they could never imagine what it must be like to it back and watch a movie and relax with family without being afraid of the unpredictable behavior of their abuser.
We need to keep aware of the fact that oppression, some subtle and some blatant is everywhere and it comes from a spiritual source of evil and we serve a Lord who has come to set the captives free and relieve the oppressed! The Devil is the father of all the oppressors as he is the father of all lies. Christians, must stand for freedom always! Be a voice for the vulnerable. Speak out and use your freedom, don't let it go to waste, and pray for people being perecuted all over the world, in dark places such as North Korea.