|Exposing the Real Enemy
Current explosive events confirm the absolute truth that we are in a serious war. Conservatives and Christians continue to rally around numerous social and political issues. The simultaneous bombings in Jordan this week continue to demonstrate an ongoing battle against an insidious power. But do we really know who or what enemy we should be fighting?
Terrorist leader Al-Zarqawi... the real enemy?
Many decry the pollution of public airwaves with primetime content that would have shocked past generations. But television networks are not the enemy.
High divorce rates fragment families, undermining one the strongest foundations of civilization. But divorcees are not the enemy.
Abortion on demand still claims the lives of countless defenseless babies. But doctors who have spurned the Hippocratic Oath are not the enemy.
Sex crimes and pedophilia seem to be skyrocketing in an era when the internet makes it easier than ever to prey upon children. But technology and people that abuse it are not the enemy.
Violence has become commonplace, even in our schools. But guns are not the enemy.
This week, voters in my home state of Texas turned out in strong support of an amendment to reinforce the institution of marriage as "one man and one woman". Many view this as a repudiation of gay activists who wish to impose their lifestyle as the norm. But homosexuals are not the enemy.
Radical Muslim youth and malcontents in France have rioted for two weeks now, destroying property and wreaking havoc across one of the more "tolerant" European countries. But Muslims are not the enemy.
Terrorists continue to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq. Foreign fighters still infiltrate the ranks of the resistance. The good people of Iraq and the military coalition supporting them suffer losses every day. But terrorists are not the enemy.
There is one underlying force behind everything that comes to kill, steal and destroy. This force can take an inanimate object, like a computer or a box cutter, and turn it into a weapon of destruction. This force can also take a person, like an innocent child or a priest, and turn them into a monster. This force is rightly called Evil.
Evil is a spiritual cancer that assaults and affects all of us, struggling against conscience and reason to influence and even take control of our free will. In a world that often seems out of control, the truth is that many things are indeed under control -- under the control of Evil.
The only way to combat Evil is to first recognize that it exists. There are those who would try to convince us that everything is relative and that one man's evil is another man's good. This notion foolishly asks us to put on a blindfold before stepping onto a battlefield. People who believe such folly are not our enemies, but they're certainly not our friends.
Then there are others who spend their time railing against the symptoms of Evil without recognizing the root. While their causes often appear to be noble, their efforts amount to a cough drop fighting against a cold. It may make some people feel better about themselves, but the underlying virus still thrives.
Since Evil is a powerful, but invisible, force influencing mankind's thoughts and actions, we must realize that it can only be detected, deterred and defeated by supernatural power. Darkness can only be dispelled by light; therefore, Evil's disruptive deeds and destruction must be exposed by absolute, liberating Truth. When we receive the light of Truth, then, and only then, can we begin to win the war against Evil and its perpetrators.
Author: James Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE
Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host
of the television program, Life
Today; and author of The
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