“An Act of Pure Evil”

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

These were the words President Trump used to describe Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed fifty-nine people and left over five hundred injured. As flags fly at half mast and memorial services are being planned, those who lost loved ones are struggling to find answers to their many questions like, “Why did this happen?” and “How can we prevent tragedies like this from happening again?”

The Bible acknowledges the existence of evil in this world and traces it back to man’s rebellion against God in the Garden of Eden. In John chapter 9 the disciples of Jesus come upon a man born blind and immediately assume it is the result of the man’s sins or that of his parents. (A common assumption in first century Judaism.) However, Jesus responds by telling them that, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned…but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Our Heavenly Father does not delight in evil or injustice, as these are the consequences of living in a sin cursed world. Instead, God has promised that, although evil does exist at the moment, it has already been conquered at the cross and will one day be completely done away with.

As you pray for the families and friends of the Las Vegas victims, don’t forget about our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in that area. Pray that, as they come along side those who are hurting and wrestling with questions, they would be able to share the message of salvation and the good news that God has triumphed over evil!