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DELIVER US FROM EVIL

By Barry Cameron
August 31, 2018

Before he quit his job, Jay Austin wrote on his blog, “I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years of my life in swaths of grey and beige. I’ve missed too many sunsets while my back was turned. Too many thunderstorms went unwatched, too many gentle breezes unnoticed.” 1

So Jay and his friend, Lauren Geoghegan, both 29, left their jobs in Washington, D.C., and set out on a biking journey around the world. “There’s magic out there, in this great big beautiful world,” and they set out to find it. 2

They documented their year-long bike trek on Instagram and in a joint blog. They met a lot of interesting people and had some remarkable experiences. They even did a month-long test run in Iceland, with its mountainous terrain and breathtaking valleys, before starting their worldwide journey.

There was also the downside: punctured tires, freezing weather (including hail), sickness, snarling dogs and more. When asked why he wanted to ride a bike around the world, Jay talked of the vulnerability of being on a bike. “With that vulnerability comes immense generosity: good folks who will recognize your helplessness and recognize that you need assistance in one form or another and offer it in spades.” 3

This past July they were in Tajikistan. Unfazed by the inherent dangers around them, they pressed on with the notion people were instinctively good. According to the New York Times, Jay said, “You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place. People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil. I don’t buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own … By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this.” 4

Don’t waste your time trying to disprove evil. Your own heart, life and testimony (mine as well) are undeniable proof of it.

However, Jay and Lauren’s trip came to a sudden and gruesome ending. According to news reports, as they were biking with others, a car rammed them. Five men got out and stabbed them to death along with two other cyclists; one from Switzerland, the other from the Netherlands. Two days later, ISIS released a video showing five men sitting in front of a black ISIS flag vowing to kill “disbelievers” who have overrun their land.

World News Daily carried the story with the headline: COUPLE OUT TO DISPROVE ‘EVIL’ KILLED BY ISIS. The article said, “A young American couple who quit their jobs and embarked on an around-the-world bicycle tour to demonstrate “evil is a make-believe concept” were killed in an ISIS-claimed terrorist attack.” 5

Don’t waste your time trying to disprove evil. Your own heart, life and testimony (mine as well) are undeniable proof of it.

The Bible says, “None is righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). JESUS said, “No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18). Paul said, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Jeremiah 17:6 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick.” That’s why, when someone tells us to “follow our heart” we’re getting horrible advice.

When the disciples asked JESUS to teach them how to pray, among other things He told them to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Evil is all around us. Rather than attempting to disprove it, we should pray to be delivered from it.

Only JESUS can do that.

© 2018. Barry L. Cameron

[This weekend we are honored to have LEE STROBEL as our guest. He set out to disprove Christianity and wound up becoming a Christian. You need to hear him. Every member of your family needs to hear him. So do all of your friends. Come early. We’re expecting a huge crowd.]

1 “Millennial Couple Bikes Near ISIS Territory Thinking 'Humans Are Kind' and Gets Killed.” Pluralist.com, 18 Aug. 2018, www.pluralist.com/posts/1824-millennial-couple-bikes-near-isis-territory-thinking-humans-are-kind-and-gets-killed.

2 Callimachi, Rukmini. “A Dream Ended on a Mountain Road: The Cyclists and the ISIS Militants.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 7 Aug. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/08/07/world/asia/islamic-state-tajikistan-bike-attack.html.

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5 Moore, Art, et al. “Couple out to Disprove 'Evil' Killed by ISIS.” WND, WND, mobile.wnd.com/2018/08/couple-out-to-disprove-evil-killed-by-isis/.

BARRY CAMERON

Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.

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