Evil is evil when done evilly. Justice is injustice if rendered impertinently. The Bible tells us that where justice is, there is also evil.
(Ecclesiastes 3:16) Moreover I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness.
This does not apply to everywhere in the universe. The verse tells us it is “under the sun” or on earth. Of course, this is not the case in heaven where God reigns. It is one of the intentions in the prayers taught by the Lord Jesus Christ to His apostles “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
(Matthew 6:9-13) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
If only God’s will will be done in the entire earth as it is in heaven, the earth will surely be a very nice place to live in.
There are places on earth which can be considered hostile to live in, physically and spiritually: Physically, because they are plagued with crime and moral decadence; and spiritually because of governmental and religious corruptions.
I am a sexagenarian and had lived with awareness in almost every aspect of human life for half a century. In my native country, about four decades ago, you can walk on the main thoroughfares of any metropolitan area with confidence and feeling of safety. Of course, there are isolated cases of misdeeds, especially among drunken standbys, but they are almost negligible. Just run as fast as you can, when, by chance, they want to make you a plaything of their drunkenness, and you are saved! I experienced this incident once in my forty years of roaming around Metro Manila streets, even in the wee hours of the morning.
Now, as I look around me, I see my people fighting and killing one another. I see them raping our own women; butchering our own children; and destroying our own homes. What possible power could have deprived them of this decency that they will now violate the sanctity of Filipino women? What possible power could have twisted the hearts and minds of our people that they will now fight and kill each other? In sheer desperation, I tried to find answers from the Holy Scriptures and these are what they have to say:
(Proverbs 29:2) When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
The Hebrew word translated “groan” is:
A primitive root; to sigh: – groan, mourn, sigh.
This is the Biblical reason why people of my country, even those who had left in search for greener pasture groan and sigh.
But what makes wicked rulers?
Partiality and bad influences!
(Exodus 23:8) And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the officials, and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. RSV
(Deuteronomy 16:9) You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality; and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous.
But what can influence a ruler to show partiality and subverts the cause of the righteous? They are religious leaders and influence peddlers.
In our country religious leaders use their flocks to influence the power-hungry politicians. In blatant defiance of our constitution, religious leaders dictate whom to vote upon their members in threat of being excommunicated if they disobey.
(2 Peter 2:1-3) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you…
These religious leaders exploit their members as their ‘merchandise’ and ‘medium of exchange’ to crooked officials to gain favor and respect. Biblically, religious leaders are agents of hell and satan who are the most venomous makers of evil people.
(Matthew 23:15) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Religious leaders are the most influential corruptors of people in government. It is highly logical because even these political leaders have their religious leaders too.
No less than the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines has observed this.
ARCHBISHOP SAYS CHURCH’S ROLE IS FAITH, NOT POLITICS
…Arroyo, plagued by accusations of vote-rigging, survived three
impeachment attempts brought against her in parliament by the
opposition last July. Analysts agree that the church helped her to
stay in power.
“During the vote to impeach Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a congressman
accepted that last-minute calls by Erano Manalo, head of the
Iglesia ni Cristo, kept him from signing the impeachment
complaint”, said Baylon.
The Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ, INC) is a religious group
that declared its support for Arroyo during the last week of the
2004 election campaign, which Arroyo won by a contested 1 million votes…
… Besides INC, another religious group that is actively involved in
politics is the Catholic movement El Shaddai. “They can also
deliver millions of votes,” added Quezon III.
Further, the role of the church was instrumental in the failure of
the opposition’s attempt to take the battle from the courtroom to
Nothing is more evil than doing evil in utter awareness that what you are doing is evil with an evil intent!
(Jude 1:15) to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” NKJV
But where can there be more evil?
In the minds and in the hearts of leaders: political or religious.
(Jeremiah 17:9-10) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
And what is the root of these evils that plagues the minds and hearts of ungodly leaders?
Money and power!
(1 Timothy 6:10) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
To stay in power, Herod ordered the butchering of children upon learning the birth of the King of the Jews.
(Matthew 2:1-2, 7-8, 16) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him…
…Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also…
…Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
To stay in power, somebody hungry of power may go to the extent of murdering people.
May God Almighty save and bless my country!
Sincerely in Christ,