If everything made by God has a purpose, including us, then so does the Devil. And his sole purpose is to bring souls to ruination.
So when I see a headline as in the Associated Press' "How Prepared Can We Be If Evil Strikes Again?" I cannot help but think that is sort of putting the cart before the horse. Instead of taking the position we are victims of this disembodied "evil" with a gun - which assigns malice to the tool used and not to the person using it - maybe it would serve us better to recognize the source of evil and ask what can be done to thwart his purpose.
Would it mean Jamie Foxx gets less money?
Foxx, promoting Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “Django Unchained,” an ultra-violent Western-style vengeance film about slavery, told the Associated Press that actors can’t ignore that the violence they portray onscreen can influence people in real life.
“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” Foxx said Saturday. “It does.”
Then . . . why do you promote it? Why would you say that after the horror in Connecticut and yet go on another press junket to promote your new film?
Play-acting violence comes natural to humans. Give a kid a stick and it becomes a machine gun taking out a nest of assassins. And it does not always lead to actual violence. But somewhere along the line, sometimes something goes awry. Maybe it is mental illness. Maybe it is a lack of conscience. Maybe it is a failing to consider or see consequences. Do you want to talk about evil? The Devil is a real entity and at that moment, he slips in. And starts to fester. And fed by things said by the likes of Jamie Foxx, who can make a joke about killing all the white people and receive applause for such, leads to a disdain - or worse, complete indifference - for human life.
That is the evil against which we should be prepared. The bad news is that the Devil is subtle. We will hear more about Jamie Foxx's movie but perhaps might overlook something like this:
Belgium is considering a significant change to its decade-old euthanasia law that would allow minors and Alzheimer's sufferers to seek permission to die.
"The idea is to update the law to take better account of dramatic situations and extremely harrowing cases we must find a response to," party leader Thierry Giet said.
The draft legislation calls for "the law to be extended to minors if they are capable of discernment or affected by an incurable illness or suffering that we cannot alleviate."
Socialist Senator Philippe Mahoux, who helped draft the proposed changes, said there had been cases of adolescents who "had the capacity to decide" their future.
See, it's not the legislature killing children. They want to protect the rights of those children that have the "capacity to decide," that's all. But if they have the "capacity to decide" whether to end their life, then pedophilia is meaningless, yes, since they may also have the "capacity to decide" when they will take a sexual partner and who it will be. After all, in states like California, the law recognizes the "capacity to decide" of a minor girl to obtain an abortion without parental notification - but she is "protected" from tanning salons, tattoo parlors, and school nurses distributing aspirin.
See how that works?
The weapon given to us by God is free will. Nurture it. Use it.