On Friday’s episode of The Steve Deace Show on CRTV; which happens to be my favorite show. The Deace Group was discussing North Korea and what could happen. They agree on two things. The first being that if war with North Korea broke out, it would be a result of Kim Jung-un firing the first shot. If he did or didn’t, seemed to hinge on the intensity of his craziness.
I somewhat disagree with this analysis in the same way that I don’t agree with people that say, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were crazy. I truly understand what they were saying and meant on The Deace Group. I know they have a biblical worldview, but as Christians, we need to remove the word crazy from our vocabulary when we are speaking of evil.
Kim Jung-un is not crazy; he’s evil. What is the difference between crazy and evil? Being crazy is someone that has lost all perspective of reality. It manifests itself in many different ways. Hearing voices or seeing things that don’t exist. Being crazy for the most part prohibits the individual from making any rational decisions or the ability to have a firm grasp on reality.
Evil people make rational decisions all the time. They know what they are doing. It’s just the intentions of their heart is to do evil because they have a debased mind. In Romans 1:28-32 it states:
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
You see, as Christians when we inadvertently use the term crazy for evil we water down the truth of what is going on. If we use crazy, the unbelieving world will seek to make people like Kim Jung-un an outlier, that he is not representative of the human condition; which isn’t true.
You see, if Kim Jung-un is crazy, wouldn’t it make sense just to assassinate him and not worry about who will come to power? Just remove the madman, and the country will stop starving their people and sending them to forced labor camps. They would stop building nuclear weapons and seek to have peace with their neighbors.
We know this would never happen because there is a long line of evil men in that country just waiting to take power.
Whenever we see evil, we must call it out by its name. We can’t water it down. We can give no excuse to what is happening. If it is in North Korea or within the borders of the United States, we must call a spade a spade and confront the evil in the world and our society.
I understand the greater outward manifestation of the evil intent of a person’s heart may seem irrational and crazy, but it isn’t. These people are enslaved to their evil passions and desires, and in a desire to fulfill them they seem crazy to us, but again they are not. They are just consumed with a never-ending lustful desire to fulfilling the evil desires of their heart.