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People are Complicated

One reason I made my last post about our spiritual adversaries is to deal with the fact that so many people today are demonizing their political opponents. The spiritual beings made their decision for or against God a long time ago, and their decisions are fixed. That is why we can categorize them as angels and demons. This, however, is not the case with humans in this present life. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has a great quote about this.

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either–but right through every human heart–and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Humans develop and grow in this life, not only physically and mentally, but also morally and spiritually. We develop a sense of right and wrong, which is called our conscience. Every day we make many decisions that have a moral consequence. Sometimes we follow our conscience and do what we think is the right thing, and sometimes we violate our conscience and do what we think is wrong, usually justifying it with some rationalization. These choices affect who we become, and as we move through life, we are a work in progress. It is not until the end of our life that our ultimate choice is made to either embrace God and goodness forever, or to reject Him forever. Until that happens, we are all a mixture of good and evil of varying proportions. Therefore, if we try to divide humanity into the good guys and the bad guys, we will get into trouble. This is what Jesus means when he says, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1).

This doesn’t mean that we don’t judge the words and deeds of people as either good or bad. Crimes and lies are bad regardless of who the perpetrator is. The judging that Jesus prohibits is summing up a person as ultimately good or evil because we humans do not know the totality of the person or what he will ultimately become.

It is common now in the United States to divide people according to left and right, and to label one group as good and the other as evil. This can be a problem when dealing with individuals because good and evil exist in both groups, and some people are difficult to put into one of the two groups. Even in the realm of ideas, one cannot always say that a particular idea is necessarily left or right. I primarily identify with the right, and I am very concerned with many of the ideas I hear coming out of the left, but the way I prefer to look at it is that I am a follower of Christ, and I am opposed to ideologies that will drag people away from his salvation. That’s why I wrote in my earlier post that the real enemy is spiritual. We must remember that our enemy is loyal to neither the left or the right. He hates all of us. He will happily provoke the bad elements on one side to do something that plays into the plans on the other side as long as evil advances on all sides. Therefore, we must be careful to not defend bad actions or condemn good actions no matter who does them.

2 replies on “People are Complicated”

I’m not sure what you are identifying as the second topic, but I assume you mean my statement that the real enemy is spiritual. I did link to another post that elaborates on this quite a bit, so here I will take a little bit different angle. Since the Garden of Eden, the Devil has been trying to destroy the human race because we are loved by his enemy, God. In the modern era, the Devil has worked quietly in the background to foster disbelief in God and the spiritual realm. Because the devil is spiritual, he has to work in secret for this to work. Now I think unbelief is so firmly entrenched among the powerful and influential, and religion is sufficiently corrupted in the common man, that a new phase in his plans has begun that will be more overt in order to bring the world under his dominion. The Devil wants us to worship him, and one reason for that is to remove us from the protection of God.

So, some Democrats, Marxists, and globalists may be instruments of the Devil to accomplish this, but they are also victims. Also, there are Republicans and populists who are also playing into his hand. For example, those who broke into the U.S. capital did more to advance the plans of the Devil than to help Donald Trump, even if that wasn’t their intention.

Therefore, we need to pray for these people and place our focus on following Jesus Christ rather than pursuing a political agenda or promoting a party. Some of us may be called to be very politically active, but politics is a small part of the puzzle compared to the spiritual state of the world. Also, politics is a game of compromise that can easily corrupt those who are trying to do good.

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