Sunday, June 24, 2012
God's Hand--Why Murder is a Sin
Admit it. Neither do you.
I have trouble with people, who I know are just as broken and sinful as I am, telling me what to do. But God says that, if they are in a position of authority over me, I am to do what I am told as long as it does not contradict His Word. And I don't like it.
I once saw a visual of this that actually helped a lot, however. It was lineup of sorts: I face my authority, but Christ stands behind him, quietly, firmly, with unwavering sinlessness. I might not want to obey the person, but no matter what, I can obey my God. I may see a flesh and blood person, but God stands behind him bearing authority I cannot, do not even want, to debate.
Now I correctly understand authority. It resides, all of it, not with a man or woman, but with God. I obey not because people are right or just, but because God is.
The same logic, God says, applies to how I deal with my enemies, and this is why:
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.--Ephesians 6:12
Just as I look at my authorities and obey because I see God working through them, I, in the same way, look at my enemies and see not my battle with them, but God's battle with evil. I have to remember that the battle is not mine, but God's.
Men themselves are not evil. God made them, every one of them. They are, however, twisted and used by evil. Through it all, God is fighting the battle to win them back right in front of our eyes.
I am to engage in that battle, but not against their flesh. I am to battle the evil that controls their flesh. Murder only kills the flesh. It does not defeat the enemy.