To Hate Evil

It came to my attention last evening that someone had hacked into my other site, and that they had taken down a picture I had posted, and had replaced it with the most obscene pornography. I was stunned, and I tell you frankly when I saw what was representing me on the internet, I was so shaken I could hardly think of the process to remove the picture–and I don’t get shaken easily. After I had removed the offensive material, had made efforts to contact WordPress and had thanked the person who notified me, I settled myself down, picked up my Bible, and thought intently on God and on His Word. I needed its stability, its comfort and its enduring truth. Long after Jerry and I had turned off the lights, I lay awake in bed and continued to think on this subject.

I’m glad I’m offended by evil. I’m glad I’m appalled and disgusted by filth and by vile images and loathsome descriptions. I’m glad I’m not tempted to indulge in such abominable behavior, and that I don’t get peculiar and perverted joy from lurid and despicable sights and sounds. I’m glad my mind is not twisted and bent toward darkness.

But I feel impelled to take this discussion a step further and say that over the past couple of days it has been emphasized to me how utterly fortunate and blessed I am to even be able to recognize evil, to have at least some understanding of what it is to transgress God’s laws. For how could I resist evil–how could I shun its very appearance–if indeed I did not see evil for what it is, if I did not recognize it.

Earlier in the day Michael had come by and we had discussed troubling situations here in Lake Havasu, and the unspeakable conditions in which people live–people we care for and want to help. At one point, Michael said, “Mom, I don’t think they know how to live differently.”

I stared at him… for we were talking of such basic routines as men steadily working, providing warm shelter for their families, having ordinary meals set on ordinary tables, baby blankets and Pampers, and bottles and nipples for the mouths of their newborn babies. We spoke at length of perception and understanding other people, and finally, feeling totally frustrated and quite helpless, I came to agree with Michael. Some people just don’t know how to live…and it takes a long time to teach them…and because they don’t know they don’t know…it takes much longer.

I’m glad I detest evil. I’m glad I recognize its slithering, glittering presence. I’m thankful for my clear recognition of its obnoxious scent and of its brooding end. Do understand that I am not of the mind that persons who are so unfortunate as to never have been taught the simple facts of daily living are by that token evil. Not at all am I saying that. But I am saying that just as some have not been taught these simple principles and thereby suffer, so there are many on this earth who simply do not understand evil, nor recognize its shameless face. They suffer because of this lack.

In conclusion please consider with me two scriptures that graphically compare the one who is drawn to evil, and the other who turns to God. I’m glad–so glad–I am not turned toward evil and wickedness, but that I have put my trust in God.

“Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.” Psalm 32:9-10

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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16 Responses to To Hate Evil

  1. petersonion says:

    You say you can recognize evil, and then you acknowledge that some people (having grown up as they have) simply do not know how to live better. Are they evil? — and I have seen this, I taught in public schools in very poor areas.

    Good and bad is a useful distinction.

    Good and evil is a useless distinction: it demonizes a part of reality, gives it no value and no reason for existing. And in the grand scheme of things, can a human being really know (even if something appears terrifying, revolting and horrible) what has no value and what does not deserve to exist?

    Does a human get to decide what has no business existing?

  2. Shirley says:

    Hello Petersonion–Welcome to my site, and thank you for this comment.

    As you were commenting here, I was adding a couple of lines to my original post that speak to the issue you raise, I believe. (I had barely posted when you commented.) I agree with you–as you will see–if you read my edited column, that just because a person is ignorant, that does not mean he is evil. I totally agree. I don’t at all consider the people we are working with as evil.

    However, I do believe evil exists, and I think pornography is evil and vile.

    Again, thank you for being here. Hope you return often.

  3. sweetie456 says:

    Evil does exist. I thank you for your informative post. I’m participating in a bible study right now on the book of Daniel and what a wild ride it is. Daniel is one of my favorite prophets but the truths I am learning about what he prophesied from Nebuchanezzar’s dream and that his prophecies have already transpired have touched me in a way I cannot explain. Wow! The Word is wonderful; I feel fortunate to know God because as you have mentioned, there are many people who just do not know about, well……..anything and everything, depending on who we look at. Thanks again for your blog and May God Bless. sweetie456

  4. Shirley says:

    Yes, I fear evil does exist. And yes, the book of Daniel is a wild ride. I pray for God to help us all understand His wonderful Word.

  5. Jana Allard says:

    I remember reading about a young girl whose mother had sold her as a prostitute from about the age of seven and on. The girl never knew there was any other life. She finally committed a horrific murder and was put on death row in Texas. A minister began to visit her and tried to teach her most people don’t sell their little girls, what love really is, and so forth. She finally came to a realization she had been reared in an abusive home. Her and the minister married and she began to write letters to schools and encourage kids who were in such homes to tell authorities because there is a better life. After reading the story, I felt so horribly said that she was going to die in prison and never had the chance to “live” in the good world. Yes, Michael is right. Some people don’t know how to live.

  6. Jana Allard says:

    Oops! “…so horribly said…” I meant so horribly SAD

  7. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Jana–

    What a story you have introduced here, and how well it points up the gist of my post: that woman was robbed of living a normal life by her childhood “training.” Do we know the end of the story? Is she still in prison, or has she already died.

    On the other hand, there are those who with the same lack of “life training” fight through those disadvantages and become responsible, successful people. Hard to figure what makes the difference.

  8. Kevin Hopper says:

    I agree with you in that some people just don’t know how to live. I have worked with young people that did not have any support from home. Dad was in prison and mom was not at home because of parties etc.. They didn’t know anything about being dependable or being committed to something. So we had to take that into consideration when working with them. We had to start at ground zero. Some are now working in leadership or Pastoring churches by the grace of God!!

  9. Shirley says:

    Thank you, Kevin for that wonderful report of success: “Some are now working in leadership or Pastoring churches by the grace of God!!”

    I’ve thought for years of people’s being disadvantaged because of their backgrounds, but I don’t believe I had ever starkly faced the truth that they really don’t even know how to begin to pull themselves up until the conversation I had with Michael a few days ago. Coupled with work I am personally doing with people has definitely opened my eyes to this truth. It’s ghastly how such disadvantaged lifestyles seem normal and routine to so many people.

    Please pray for Jerry and me. We so want to win people of Lake Havasu. It’s a beautiful place–but very different–quite a mix of lesser accomplished people and a large group of very wealthy, successful ones.

    Pray also that God will send the right person here to take over from us. Our original plan was to stay one year, but we will reach that mark in a month…and truly we don’t feel ready to leave. But we know we will before too many months…and we want the right person to move in here. Keep Lake Havasu in mind if you think of someone.

  10. Jana Allard says:

    She was finally put to death. Texas is pretty stiff on forgiveness. I know many petitioned her sentence be changed to life, but it was to no avail. Sad story. She learned there was a better life but never got to taste it.

  11. Shirley says:

    Jana–that is a very sad story. But did she know God? Had she received the Holy Ghost? If so, she at last was a winner!

  12. Jana Allard says:

    I don’t know if she was ever introduced to the Acts 2:38 message, but a minister that visited the prison is the one who told her of a better life. Yes, it is a sad story. It haunted me for days after reading about it.

  13. Catherine says:

    What a sad story.
    I too hate evil. It is heartbreaking to see how some family live – not knowing any better. We are doing our best to show the children we are working with that there is a different life. Today 6 came to church. We had a special service (Missionary from Brazil) and all stayed in the main sanctuary. The one little boy that I feel is the most “at risk” really prayed and the Holy Ghost was all over him. He is so young and already dealing with so much. But God is doing a work!!!
    The Lord is with you and Bro Buxton, He has prepared someone to take your place, when the time comes. You’ll know – you are people of great faith and you know the voice of God.
    God bless you and give you the desires of your heart.

  14. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Jana and Catherine–

    All of us have lived long enough to see the evil that pervades our world. How blessed we are to be chosen to help spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

  15. sansoucy says:

    Omgoodness Shirley, that is terrible! Did they find out who might have hacked in? That’s really scary! I have had similar situations too, but not quite the same, and I know that I am still real when I feel disgusted about it. You are so right with this post. . .glad I read it this morning, thanks! I didn’t know you had a second blog, so this is my first time visiting 🙂

  16. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Sansoucy–

    Thanks for visiting this devotional blog. Hope it is a blessing to you.

    No, I don’t suppose I will ever know who hacked into my site. When I contacted wordPress about it, they said to just change my password which I immediately did.

    It was sickening…and I’m truly glad that such things are repulsive to me.

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