Below is a copy of the sermon I preached on Sunday, November 22, at 11:00 a.m. in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia. During this sermon, we looked at how we might better face evil. You can also find a podcast of this sermon on The Cove Podbean page.
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2 Samuel 23:1-7
Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David, son of Jesse, the oracle of the man whom God exalted, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the favorite of the Strong One of Israel: The spirit of the Lord speaks through me, his word is upon my tongue. The God of Israel has spoken, the Rock of Israel has said to me: One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land. Is not my house like this with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. Will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire? But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away; for they cannot be picked up with the hand; to touch them one uses an iron bar or the shaft of a spear. And they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot.
When Facing Evil
Friday night, Debbie, Maggie and I did something we really enjoy. We went to Pittsburgh, but we didn’t go because it was “Light Up Night.” We had absolutely no idea, and as some of y’all I’m sure know, the traffic was crazy. But that’s not the reason we went. Instead, we went to Benedum to see a play that won four Tonies last year, including Best Musical. And the title, “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder.”
Now the plot is pretty simple. A young man discovers that he’s actually a member of an important British family, the D’Ysquiths, and is, in fact, eighth in line to become the Earl of Highhurst.” And the play is basically about him either killing or trying to kill the seven cousins and uncles and aunts who stand between him and the earlship. Now I know that sounds pretty heavy, but it’s actually a musical comedy so that undertow of evil is sort of buried by peppy songs, elaborate costumes, and the same actor playing the seven D’Ysquiths, including two women, who by the end of the play, go to meet their maker.
And for that reason, I think it’s important for us to be as prepared as we can be in dealing all the very real evil that’s present all around us. And I’ll tell you, as a starter, I think there are three things that we can begin to do right now.
Now, I think Debbie, Maggie and I really liked “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder,” although there’s no way we enjoyed the traffic we encountered coming and going. The play was a lot of fun. But of course, there’s absolutely nothing fun or funny about the evil that surrounds us. No, evil is not only scary but causes us to do things that we know are wrong. And for those reasons, I think it’s really important for us to recognize what evil is and to remember that Christ is the king who reigns with justice and love and to respond as citizens of his kingdom. You see, I believe that’s what we can do, when facing evil.