The Shadow debuted on the radio July 31, 1930. Many of the episodes were voiced byOrson Welles. Actor Frank Readick, Jr. introduced the program with, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”
I have noticed for some time now even in our area, and we live in the Bible belt, that evil is not just peeking its head out of the box, but is out of the box, running free from community to community. In my opinion, much of the rising crime experienced here and elsewhere is due to the increased use of illicit drugs. Murders and thefts, even here, are on the rise while law enforcement is kept busy just trying to keep up.
Across this nation every commandment God gave us is being trampled upon by those who want nothing to do with Him and anything He stands for. In the United States alone nearly one million infant murders (abortions) occur annually. Other murders, thefts and rapes are daily seen on the printed pages of the newspapers.
Speaking of the news, the media in general, more often than not, cannot be trusted to tell the truth. We hear of “fake news,” which is nothing more than a politically correct way to avoid calling it what it is – a lie. This comes from those who should be reporting truth, instead of pushing their agenda via lying.
Honor and moral character have gone the way of the Dodo bird. There is no respect for others. Sex is our god. Drugs and booze promise happiness, but deliver destruction instead. Women are sex objects. Men are brutes. Children are raised with no boundaries. Those who do live under a moral umbrella and show honor in their lives are rebutted and attacked by a sin-induced society.
I stated earlier that illicit drug usage is a major reason for the problem, but what has caused this problem? If we dig deep enough we find that our rejection of God, individually and as a society, is the real culprit. When we kick God out of our lives what do we get in return? Evil. The evil in our souls is no longer hidden. When boundaries are removed the true nature of man appears and it is nothing but evil.
“He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7:20-23)
Jesus spoke these words nearly two thousand years ago and our societal actions confirm every word. We are witnessing the results of the evil which lurks in the hearts of men. We have arrived at the point in our society that no evil is too outlandish to be hidden. Anything goes.
This isn’t new, unfortunately, but I have noticed in our local newspapers the following: Just within the last few weeks;
· A 42 year old man was arrested for first-degree rape and five counts of first-degree sodomy of a 4 year old child
· An 18 year old man was charged with raping a 12 year old girl
· A 58 year old man was charged with seven counts of child molestation from having sexual contact with five different children, ages 4 to 18, over a 25 year period
That’s only the tip of the iceberg in this area. Crimes such as these against innocent children are the lowest of the low. A month or so ago a mother and her boyfriend were arrested for sexual acts against her own small child.
Any adult found guilty of these heinous crimes against children should be executed by the state forthwith. This type of person is worse than an animal and has forfeited their right to life as far as I’m concerned, and I wholeheartedly believe that this would be the justice meted out by God Himself. When the King of kings and Lord of lords is ruling during the Millennium over the earth, in my opinion, this will be the verdict for these crimes.
I am old enough to know that evil has always been present, and much has gone on “behind closed doors” in the past. What is different in our day is that the evil heart of man has been unleashed by removing God from society. It is all now out in the open and is even more prevalent than ever before than in previous years. The hounds of hell are getting bolder and 21st century man is running head-long into the jaws of hell while the pseudo church entertains those on their way to the same place.
The true Church needs to be much in prayer that at least some will wake up to the Truth of the Gospel and be saved before Christ returns. I don’t know when Jesus is coming for us in the Rapture, but I often ask myself, “How much worse can evil get until God Almighty removes His Church and casts down judgment on a rebellious world.”
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? God knows. How much longer will He put up with it? All I can say is keep witnessing and keep looking up. It may be sooner than we think.
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