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Karl Gallups, who wrote the apologetics book titled, The Magic Man in the Sky, said that cold, darkness, and evil have something in common. All of them are measured by the absence of something else. Cold is measured by the absence of heat. At -273 degrees Celsius, all molecular movement stops. We know that heat increases molecular movement, so temperature is measured by the absence of heat. Darkness is measured by the absence of light. We know that light photons allow us to see the world around us. So we measure the darkness by the absence of light. Finally, we measure evil by the absence of good. The question is, what is the absent good we measure evil by? The answer to that question is quite obvious to us, but ask that of an atheist or some other non-believer, and they will come up with a wide variety of answers. The dilemma set before them is how to measure evil without its opposite as a reference. In fact, how can we even call something evil without knowing what good is?

The Holocaust is a common example of evil in this world, because most know what the Holocaust was, and just how evil it was. The slaughter of over six million Jews by Hitler during World War II is mentioned in just about every public high school history book. Volumes have been written about World War II, and few that go into any detail fail to mention the Holocaust and the devastation it heaped upon the Jewish population in Europe at that time.

Prior to Christmas, this past year at church, we watched a short video about Samaritan’s Purse, an organization which delivers a Christmas box to tens of thousands of needy children all over the world. One boy in a foreign country explained how pleased he was to receive his box, and even brought it out to show off several items. One of the items was a tape measure. It occurred to me at that moment that the world does not have a problem measuring cold by the absent of heat. Nor does it have issue with measuring darkness by the absent of light, but what it fails to understand is how we as Christians can use Christ as the measuring stick of evil. In fact, the world will try to measure Christ themselves and show us how he comes up short, and all the time they measure Christ, they are blind to the fact that Christ IS the tape measure that the world will be measured with. The world will tell you he was a great moral teacher, he was a prophet, he was wise, he was enlightened, anything but what he really was. The Bible says his goodness is without end; that is a long tape measure. Can you imagine a tape measure that would not run out? We could use it to measure city blocks, cities themselves, the distance between cities, the width of states, countries, and even the diameter of the world. On and on to distant stars, and still the tape measure would not run out. Keep in mind that is the only use of the tape measure. Christ will not only measure the large things in life, but the small things, too. Things less than an inch, less that one one-thousands of an inch; things that are too small to be seen by the naked eye. The width of DNA, electrons, quarks, and things yet to be discovered. No matter how small the ‘good’ is, God can, and will, measure it. No deed will go unnoticed, and unmeasured. In the box I put together, I placed a tape measure that will have eternal significance. The quotes below come from The Truth Project which is a study in the Christian world view that comes in a DVD set. Very worth while if you have the time to watch them all.

John Adams – “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Ben Franklin wrote “…only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

Daniel Webster wrote, “To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall.”

Washington’s farewell address – “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…”

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