So very many of the bed time stories, fairy tales, and cartoons that we have come to know so very well, were stories of good triumphing over evil. We have “Little Red Riding Hood” and the wolf; “The Three Little Pigs” and the big bad wolf; “Snow White” and the wicked Queen; “Cinderella” and the evil step mother; “Superman”, “Batman”, and all kinds of heroes fighting the evil people in the world; and lest we forget, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, the Cisco Kid, and an entourage of good guys wearing white hats, or riding white horses, shooting silver bullets, (but always shooting the bad guys in the hand), overcoming outlaws.
Even in modern movie adventures from “Thor” and the series on “The Avengers”, to the post war thrillers of “007” with James Bond, we watch the bad guys eventually getting properly judged. And most of us in seeing that leave the theater with a better feeling than if we had watched a movie where evil triumphed and the good guy was eventually rendered ineffective.
The theme in so many thrillers though, is that the villain, the bad guy, the evil and wicked plans of the psychopaths of the world are eliminated, destroyed, or imprisoned.
Peter writes of the villain….portrayed as a roaring lion, seeking those he may devour. 2 Peter 5:8
Paul wrote of the Judaizers, as villains who were attempting to make of no effect the Gospel of grace which Paul preached. Galatians 1:6,7
Jesus, Himself, warned His disciples that the “Prince of this world” was coming, “but he had no power over Me.” John 16:11
Ever since the fall of mankind, of which we read in Genesis 3, the world has been under the sway of the devil. His wicked schemes and devices have been directed intently and intensely toward those whom God loves.
In a song I have written, I wrote these words: “Though the enemy surrounds me, why should I fear? Greater is God who’s with me than all the demons in the air. Almighty, all powerful and all that I need. Safe in your arms Lord and safe I will be.”
We heard the stories of villains as children; we have witnessed the actual attacks of villains as we mature; and the church itself, is assured of the victory Christ has wrought for us against Satan….the true and real villain.
Yet we know we are not believing in some fairy tale…some make believe story that begins with, “once upon a time in a far off land.” But the archenemy of every believer dresses much like the wolf in the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Without sound biblical discernment based upon correct Christian orthodoxy, many may think that he who is dressing in Grandma’s clothes is safe. We must not be so careless.
The villain works around the clock, knowing that his time is short. Our King, Jesus Christ, when He returns will vanquish all evil. “The Villain” will be no more!
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4