Acknowledge our capacity for sin

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Thought for the Week

Two hundred schoolgirls in Nigeria abducted and for sale? The world must deal with such evil.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl, shot by the Taliban, says: “If we remain silent, then this will spread,” and echoes Edmund Burke’s famous saying: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

We must triumph over evil, but we must also have something worthwhile with which to replace it. Jesus Christ taught about such things in the arena of the spiritual.

“When an evil spirit exits someone, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it, and says ‘I’ll return to the house I left’. On arriving, it finds the house unoccupied, clean and orderly. Then it takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there.

“And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” Mt 12:43-45

Let’s acknowledge our own capacity for sin, not just that of others, but in dealing with our own need, allow God in Jesus Christ to fill that void?

Rev Nic Hasnip

Long Sutton Baptist Church