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September 22, 2015 • Letterbook

a Thought on Evil

Everybody wants to be the one who fights the evils that are staring the world in it’s face. What you find much less of, is a person who wants to take on the evil lurking in the dark corners of places half hidden.

Nobody wants to face an unseen evil. There is no glory to be had; no praise in the streets when you return. And certainly no help in the case were you to need it.

No, the evils people want to fight are the lesser evils of this world. Symptoms, really, of the genuine evil. The symptoms are easily seen and publicized, and they’re the problems people choose to notice.

People fight them and win. (It’s an easy battle fighting straw-men.) These people even become famous, heroes. And what more do we see on the horizon? A similar problem; it’s cyclical. Round and round we fall but evermore into the same hole. Ignorant as ever.

Nobody ever wants to fight true evil. The devastating darkness. The hidden burden. Maybe call it our chosen facade.

Have you seen this to be true? There are bigger and more pressing things in this world, but so many of us are distracted with the ones that don’t matter?

2 Responses to " a Thought on Evil "

  1. Terry Webster says:

    You’re right, Chris.

    Far too much energy is spent addressing superficial evils. There are those who seek the roots of evil; but they’re few and far between. And the reason why, I believe is fairly simple – ignorance.

    John said that Jesus was the light of the world. In turn, Jesus told his disciples that they were the light of the world. And those two facts point us in the right direction for genuine solutions to the evil.

    We can get hurt walking around in the dark – stub our toes, fall over things, bang into walls. It is light that can eliminate the trauma. So until the world turns to THE source of light, there will continue to be evil.

    Like you, Chris, I am an INFP, and not a warrior. But under our Shepherd’s guidance, I can provide light that can help people who hunger for righteousness, so that they can come out of the darkness of this world and stop experiencing so much evil.

    Here’s an example I wrote a few years back that points people in the right direction:

    The Air I Choose to Breathe.
    With deliberate intention, I have chosen for my heart to live in the kingdom of God rather than the world. The spirit of the air I choose to breathe belongs not to satan, but to Christ my king.

    The spirit I breathe numerous times a minute is a spirit of life, not death; of grace, not legalism or greed; forgiveness rather than condemnation; and abundance, not scarcity. I live in hope rather than hopelessness; optimism instead of pessimism; and just as faith is replacing my doubts, so is power taking the place of my weaknesses; even my instability is being displaced by loyalty and sanity.

    My debt is disappearing because “more than enough” is God’s way. Yes, where there used to be anxiety and despair, there are now joy and peace, fruits of God’s spirit, which permeate His kingdom. As well, day by day I find myself living more in forgiveness, and less in condemnation, and my wounds (both physical and emotional) are healing too.

    The air I breathe is healthy not poisonous, and dynamic rather than stagnant. The dominant spirit of the air in which I have chosen to live is love, not fear. Moreover, I’ve chosen the incorruptible Lamb of God who redeemed me to be my ruler because, unlike human leaders, He is not only perfect in his love, wisdom, and power , but is also immortal. I can depend on His always being there for us, the governed.

    It was because his disciples had chosen him as their king that Jesus prayed that our heavenly Father not take them out of the world, but protect them while they were in it. That way they could carry on His work of proclaiming to that world that was still breathing the devil’s energy-sapping, and ultimately fatal spiritual smog, proclaiming to them the gospel of peace, freedom, and reconciliation.

    Because Jesus had cleansed them of much of the world’s spirit by means of his words, he knew the world would persecute them as it had and would persecute him. They were no longer of the world and it would reject them. But with faith and courage, His sheep would endure as they followed His voice.

    And you, too, can learn to respond with a gracious blessing instead of a curse, to every inconvenience from petty annoyance through fatal persecution. If that’s something you want, choose to live in God’s kingdom, breathing His holy spirit.

    Once we hear the gospel of peace and choose to accept Jesus Christ as our redeemer… we become co-heirs with Him of his divine nature/his spirit, and He writes our name His book of life as a citizen of the Kingdom of God. Moreover, as we breathe more and more of His clean air, we experience a life increasingly cleansed by His forgiveness, enriched by His grace, imbued with His peace, and empowered with hope.

    However, to do so, we must deliberately choose to accept his death as the model we are to follow with respect to our “old man/old self”, and his resurrection as the model for our own resurrection as a born-again saint. We must choose to move out of this world’s spiritually poisonous smog into God’s fresh air.

    And, when we do choose to make Jesus’ love the cornerstone of our lives, we become the temple in which God lives, because we are breathing His clean, empowering, and life-imparting air, His holy spirit!

  2. Terry,
    Thanks for some really great thoughts. I enjoyed what you added to my commentary here. Ignorance of what is real is why we go after the false and easy. We all have a huge capacity for ignorance, but there are times in life when we walk into a new world, as it were, and see things anew. When this happens but still choose our ignorant views of the past, we are really just shorting our potential in God’s calling in our lives. Ignorance is a given, but what we do when we encounter reality is what is important. And all the work we are called to as Christians is given motion when we have these moments and choose to do something about it.
    Thank you for the thoughtful comment. That is what I have hoped from this blog.
    Christopher Morris

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