QUESTION 2: IS THE “LESS EVIL” OPTION STILL EVIL?
We have been duped!
We have downloaded into our hearts a HUGE Satanic lie, a wrong way of thinking, a numbing mindset which dumbs us down to a place of NOT believing for God’s absolute best. This menacing mindset is akin to rearranging furniture on the deck of the Titanic. While the rearranged deck may temporally look improved, the ship is sinking.
So, what is this wrong mindset straight from the devil’s arsenal of deception? Merely this: rather than believing for God’s absolute goodness to overcome the evil in the world, we wrongly use evil’s fire to stop evil’s fire. Instead of believing for God’s flawless good to TOTALLY overcome evil circumstances, we start engaging in “lesser evil” thinking.
What is “lesser evil” thinking? It is a mindset which uses evil to stop evil. It uses violence to try to stop violence. It uses coercion to stop coercion. It uses lesser evil to stop or diminish greater evils. But what it doesn’t do, and in fact can never do, is eradicate evil altogether. And that is why Satan wants to keep us bound by thinking this way.
Let me give a few examples. WARS may be “less evil” than allowing tyranny or chaos to rule unresisted in their place. SPANKING our children with rods, belts, or our hands may be “less evil” than letting them run amok unrestrained and hurting themselves and others. EXECUTING murderers may be “less evil” than allowing them to live out their full life spans and possibly endangering other future potential victims. LYING may be “less evil” in the short run than telling a harsh truth. LUSTING in our heart may be “less evil” than committing physical fornication. PORNOGRAPHY may be “less evil” them committing physical adultery. HATING secretly may be “less evil” than committing physical hate-crimes.
But then again, all the above options may NOT be “less evil” than the alternatives. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made no distinctions between lesser and greater evils. All sin to Jesus was unbelief. John 16:9; Romans 14:23. And THAT is the problem. When we process reality through the lens of lesser and greater evil, we end up trapped “living off” the cursed and poisoned fruit of The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. **We end up never “living off” the blessed fruit of The Tree of Life because we are scurrying about frantically leaping at the “less evil” options. Unfortunately, governments, families, society and other institutions tend to all operate on the “lesser evil” principle rather than the dynamic of “God’s greater good.” **
All of us can come up with reasons to justify retaliation, revenge, punishment, lust, violence and cruelty. We call these reasons “needful,” “good” or “necessary,” but in reality we are just using evil to combat evil. We pick an evil which we deem less immediately destructive in our view, a lesser evil which in truth only slows down or replaces a greater evil. And while, on some pathetic level, destroying ourselves with a lesser evil in a “slower burn” is preferable since it gives us more opportunity to ultimately repent, this is not God’s best by anybody’s reckoning.
This is NOT God’s goodness. This is not God’s solution. This is not God’s way.
God never ordains a “lesser evil” to combat a “greater evil.” He is our loving Heavenly Father who never gives us a scorpion when ask for an egg, a serpent when we ask for a fish, or a stone when we ask for bread. Rather, God opens up the vaults of Heaven to give to every man that asks. Luke 11:9-13. In Him is light and NO darkness at ALL, no variableness or shadow of turning, the Father of lights from whom comes only good and perfect gifts from above. 1 John 1:5; James 1:17.
So, what are the reasons that God’s good and perfect “evil-free” gifts from above are NOT being released unto open and full manifestation? Why are so many STUCK in “lesser-evil” mode?
First, many men hope for God’s good WITHOUT ever actually “asking” for it from God. We have not because we ask not. James 4:2. Our actual ASKING yields OUR sphere of influence over TO Him. This enables God to then manifest His Spirit to overcome all our evil situations with His perfect goodness. God has given us freedom, and He will never force or coerce us into yielding to Him. Our asking is a way of allowing Him access to fully take dominion over the circumstances.
Second, many ask WITHOUT faith, but rather ask with doubt and double-mindedness. He that wavers in unbelief should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. James 1:6-7.
Third, many ask WITHOUT “importunity.” Luke 11:1-10 teaches us to pray with “importunity,” which in the original Greek literally means “over-boldness” or “shamelessness.” My own definition of importunity is “passionate patience.” Like the man in the parable of this passage, we knock louder and louder and louder, without regard to how we look to others, all the while knowing that our loving Father will open Heaven’s door at the optimum moment. We are patient, but with ever-increasing intensity and confidence. In our patience we possess our souls, and through faith and patience we inherit ALL the promises of God. Luke 21:19; Hebrews 6:12.
Fourth, many ask WITHOUT first “putting on” the mind of Christ. Romans 13:14. 1 Corinthians 2:16. As John Wesley said, “We have the mind of Christ, and ALL the mind of Christ.” Galatians 2:20 says that the life we NOW live we are to live by the faith OF, OF, OF, OF the Son of God. Jesus’ faith, His mind, His thoughts, His passion, His confidence, His love from and for the Father. It is all ours to “live by” right here and right now. Our faith will always fail, but Jesus’ faith will ALWAYS overcome all evil with the power of God’s perfect goodness. Or put another way, the Holy Spirit IS the gift of Jesus’ faith sent to indwell us to “live by” in all our ways. The sons of God are those led by the Spirit of God. Romans 8:14.
The bottom line is that we must not let the snare of LESS EVIL trap us, or we will never experience GOD’S GREATER GOODNESS! Don’t accept less than God’s perfect will and power toward any situation. Keep knocking louder and louder with importunity and faith. Don’t slum around with ANY evil. **Less evil is STILL evil. Hold out for the good and perfect gifts from above. “All Evil” can only be totally overcome with “All Goodness.” **
We need a daily OVERHAUL of God’s goodness, not just half-measures of “lesser evil” adjustments.