Isa 1:16-17 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, (17) learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
Evildoers target the defenseless. They look for the weak and helpless. This is why the Lord commands us to bring justice to the fatherless and to plead the widow’s cause – because they are the ones typically targeted by the wicked.
It has always been true and it is true in our day. Think for example of the kinds of targets these demonic mass shooters select: schools, churches, and other places where there are lots of people who are unarmed or in some way unable to defend themselves against the attacker.
Churches are often and even typically blind to the real nature and existence of evil. That sounds like an incredible statement, but it is true and if you have been the target of a domestic abuser for instance, you found this out very quickly when you went to your pastor for help. Myths and fictions are fabricated in the pulpit and in the literature and the people are convinced that these things are “Bible truth.”
We are told and we like to tell ourselves that if we just “love” the evil man enough, if we willingly suffer under his assaults as sacrificial victims, if we issue him adequate hugs, he will put down his gun, fall to his knees in prayer, and believe in Jesus. That is the very thing that domestic abuse victims are so often told by their churches and if they refuse, they are marked as unfaithful Christians and put out of the church. It’s true. I am not overstating the case. These things are examples of the failed policy of appeasement. Just give the devil what he wants and he will leave you alone.
We must show evildoers who creep in among us in the church that we are NOT defenseless. That we are not fools. That we are indeed people of action as Christ has called us to be. We WILL expose the evildoer as an evildoer. We WILL not sit by passively and just “take it.” We WILL actively protect the victim by believing her, providing for her, putting the wicked man out from among us, and reporting him to the police.
Understand? Christ came into this world to go to the cross as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He did so as a sheep to the slaughter, not uttering a word. But that redemption is accomplished. His blood has made atonement. WE are not to present ourselves to Satan and his servants as sheep to be slaughtered. We are to use the means Christ has given us to protect the oppressed. We are not going to allow some evil man to rush in and kill his victim while we do nothing.
And the wicked need to know that we are not going to sit by passively, giving him what he supposedly wants, crossing our fingers in the hope that he will stop being so nasty. As we quoted in the previous article, the best way to have peace is to prepare for war.