The Tide of Evil

As I watched the horrific news reports of the two mass shootings that took place within a 24-hour period this weekend, my heart was broken for the innocent lives that suddenly ended as well as those who were injured.  The overwhelming question that continued to surface on the news throughout the day was, “Why?”  It’s a question that no panel of experts could answer.  Some suggested the enforcement of stricter laws on gun control and mental illness. But neither will prevent these incidents from taking place in the future.  So we’re left asking “What is the answer?”

First, we must call these heinous acts what they are: pure evil. We can put laws in place to lessen evil, but our laws will never eliminate evil. A law will never change the hatred and rebellion against law and order. It will only change when the human heart is changed; and the only one who can change the human heart is the One who created it.  

Rewind the clock five decades ago when prayer was allowed in school and national television networks aired Billy Graham gospel crusades during prime time. Retail stores were closed on Sundays and people made it a point to attend church services. There were almost no reports of school shootings or public mass shootings. God was feared and revered and in doing so, our nation reaped the benefits of His protection. It was when we began to be ruled by “Judges” who passed laws in favor of abortion and the removal of prayer and Bible reading in schools, our nation began its spiritual decline.  Now, 50 years later, the tide of evil has come inland and infiltrated a nation founded on the God of the Bible.  We have taken Him out of our government, schools and homes. We have removed His commandments from our governmental institutions and catered to the liberal, progressive godless movement. We have become so obsessed with pleasing people and being politically correct that we have lost sight of what is truly correct! 

Where does evil begin?  The answer is found in the words of Jesus, “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” – Matt. 15:18-19

Evil begins in the heart. It’s a heart problem that can only be changed by complete transformation. When the heart is changed, the mind is changed, and only God has the power to do it.  

So how do we turn this tide of evil? The answer is to bring America back to God. “One nation under God” must not just be in word but in deed. The churches of America need to rise up and become praying churches of power. Our prayers have the power to melt the hardest of hearts and replace the hatred with love. Our prayers have the power to push the evil tide off of our shores and back into the sea. Evil spelled backwards is live. How many innocent people would have lived if evil did not prevail this weekend?

All Christians must stand together and do our part in praying DAILY for our nation and the millions of souls who need to experience a heart transformation. We need a revival of prayer!

Until then, sadly, news like what we saw this weekend will become more regular and our culture will become more desensitized to it. No law can prevent what happened this weekend in Dayton or El Paso. Terrorism is fueled by evil hatred, and we must recognize that before any progress can be made.

“If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14





Ryan Cross