Job 1:8a And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,
From the story of Job we glimpse into the visitation of angels and their curiosity about man. The observers do not know the heart of man. Then I thought of those science fiction movies where the aliens observe earth. What would they think about the way man acts today?
Those fiction stories are almost always written from a view of good and evil. The Day the Earth Stood Still was written from a view that the earth was good and that man was an evil infestation doing it harm and therefore man should be eradicated. From the alien point of view who could blame them, observe the battle between good and evil on earth. Evil has a compelling argument in the eyes of some. Good has to have overwhelming firepower and tactics which in use are destructive without compassion. Even the good voice speaks opposition to those uses.
In fiction the alien sees things from his own needs. It might well be that evil serves the observers needs better than good. Evil might feel more natural to them. There is no such thing as a neutral observer. It is our good luck that the observer of this life we live is not a neutral observer. He has skin in the game, as they say. It is also lucky for us that God does not judge actions but rather the heart of a man.
We say judge not. How’s your heart? We say love the sinner not the sin. How’s your heart? We say forgiveness is the road to healing. How’s your heart? Is it fiction? How’s your heart?
Paul said he would not even judge himself. I haven’t been as faithful in that as Paul. I understand that I am a biased observer. Do I have to trust God keep His promises and conform me, mold me, lay His hand upon me and not stop when I squeal.
Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Not fiction, friction.