Did you ever wonder why the best movie villains are evil geniuses and not evil idiots? Probably not. One obvious reason is that evil idiot villains get taken down in the first ten minutes because, well, they’re idiots. It makes for a very short movie.
If we want to laugh at the potential prospects of evil, we feature the two bungling burglars of “Home Alone I.” If we are looking for enough tension and drama to make us wet ourselves, nothing less than an evil genius will do.
Evil geniuses frighten us because they have the cognitive capacities to produce weapons that can destroy the entire planet or droids that can out-maneuver and over-power any human army. They also have the strategic know-how to use these tools to peak advantage. In other words, evil geniuses possess, to a high degree, exactly the intellectual and technical skills taught in universities all over this country. What should frighten us is that the majority of universities profess to teach only these things. You want moral and spiritual guidance? Fine, but do it on your own time.
The only difference between an intelligent and technically skilled tyrant and an intelligent and technically skilled Great Commission Christian is what they value. But it’s an enormous difference. Despite the propaganda, Christian higher education is not a step down from what you find at other colleges. Instead, it is a bigger education. We happen to think that educating brains and hands is important, but not enough by itself. If education does not shape and transform our lives in a Godward direction, at best it leaves us incomplete and empty. At worst, it provides the raw ingredients for evil geniuses. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it quite well. The last thing our world needs is more guided missiles under the fingers of unguided people.