Unfortunately, we fail to understand what would influence someone to do an evil action. We blame evil actions on inanimate objects. Also, we blame evil on outside circumstances. These excuses are a failure of quantifying evil. The more we excuse sin the more we are susceptible to it. I always branch ideas from making your own Truth. Our culture is rapidly going in this direction while most of the world is already there.
Let’s start with the concept of a decision. In each decision you should weight facts and emotion. Some emotions are regarded in truth while others are not. An emotion to help or save someone is a righteous action. An emotion to retaliate in anger or revenge is a bad emotion. Facts take precedent since emotions don’t always initiate a desired result. If you believe something that cannot get to righteous ends, you may need to rethink your emotion. If the actions aren’t mirrored as righteous in the bible, it is evil.
Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB);
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
In this verse they key thing is to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. Isolating ourselves to our own feelings is not good. An outside perspective shows us that our decisions could be evil when we are lost in our own emotion. We need to surround each other with people that have an anchor in truth. This anchor is the Word of God. It is unchanging and consistent. Without God being our anchor, we are prone to follow our own self-fulfilling prophecies.
People usually believe their evil is righteous. They manipulate the facts of the situation to make their action justifiable. Running someone off the road for cutting you off on the road could be a good example. The person justifies it because the other person did something wrong. Therefore, every decision after that is justified. God tells us not to return evil for evil. If we need to justify our actions, then we need to examine our actions with the Bible. A society that returns evil for evil is prone to turn our culture into chaos. Since we are not inherently good, sin will become a snowball effect.
Society tends to follow a victim culture. We justify retaliatory measures for past actions done upon others. This constantly leads to tribalism. We pick the biggest sin brought against you and define yourself with it. We should define ourselves from our Creator. Life isn’t about what happened to you. It is about how you can impact the world for Christ. Defining yourself from a sin stops you from doing God’s will. It cultivates evil actions and a destruction of our society.
We need to look at the current dynamic of our Culture. Do we create our own truth? Yes. If you open any social media platform our see arguments are based purely on emotion and not on logic. Does our own truth create tribalism? Yes. News media, group protests and punditry are based purely on what has happened to groups of people. They don’t reflect truth. Political parties call each other evil and racist. They attribute bad motives to people instead of coming up with policies to solve anything. We are heading in an evil direction. We are not leaning on the truth of God but our own truths we create. Without a revival we are lost.