WHEN EVIL STANDS UP:
That there is evil in the world is not something debatable. But as soon as this theme comes up, the question also comes up with it; ‘What is evil?’ Augustine said ‘it is the absence of good’. For me that settles it. Any situation, act, person or thing that frustrates the joy of live and living, for me, is evil. So while death is natural, it is evil because of how it hits us, and so with sickness, hunger, hate, violence, privation, humiliation, helplessness, etc. These situations are evil; those who promote them are evil; the instruments with which they are executed are either evil in themselves or to the extent that they are used.
THE EFFECTS OF EVIL:
Evil multiplies itself and begets its kind. So when hate fills the heart, it begets violence and then harm and then death and then sorrow and so it sustains its vicious-cycle. Because of this, many people get suddenly disillusioned in life and take painful radical decisions. Some turn their backs on ‘the idea of God’ and walk alone.
HOLY PEOPLE ARE IMMUNED TO EVIL:
Is that true?
No, it’s not true. God is good and all His works are good. Yet no one can escape the experience of suffering or evil (CCC 385). Sadly, everyone will look on evil and feel its bite in this world; even true worshippers of God. No one is immune.
In sacred Scripture, Friends of God, Anointed, Prophets, Saints, all cried out under the weight of evil. While some stopped short of abandoning their missions, some actually did. Think of what Prophet Jeremiah went through? Elijah the fiery Prophet become frustrated and prayed to die? Daniel, the friend of God was thrown into the den of Lions? Habakkuk the Prophet cried in frustration; Why Lord, he asked, do I have to look continually on evil? Do you remember the end of Samson with Joy? The chosen race of Israel suffered much.
Do you remember how the Child Jesus was hunted from childhood and eventually killed at 33? Do you remember that almost all his Apostles fell at the hands of wicked people? Do you know that many early Christian believers were harassed, tortured and killed? Do you remember the end of Judas Iscariot with joy? They were all so close to the Lord of life, yet they saw and felt evil in different forms.
EVIL DOES NOT PERPETUATE.
Evil, in any form, was not part of God’s creation. God made human beings in His own image and likeness, for happiness here on earth, and for perpetual bliss in heaven. So evil is something that ‘comes up’ and can be ‘hushed up’. The essential desire of every human being is to be happy, so much so that, some have even posited that, those who do evil do so in an effort to acquire a ‘perceive happiness’ (Jms. 1). Because of this, I believe that human beings can rise up to confront and expel evil when it raises its head.
WHAT TO DO
- RECOGNISE IT FOR WHAT IT IS: evil has no other name. Its ‘clothing’ may glimmer, but evil remains evil. Many thousands of people have died in Syria, Nigeria, and other parts of the world in the midst of violence. This is evil and should never have been allowed to stand up. Whatever it is that the actors want; the present situation does not glorify God; it frustrates the joy of life and living. It is evil. If one man kills in the name of God, he does evil in the name of God and must be stopped. Recognizing the situation is of great relevance, for unless a Man knows his enemy, he cannot do battle against that enemy.
- WHAT KIND OF EVIL IS THIS: It is important also to know what kind of evil is to be confronted. Sickness must be confronted as Sickness and not war. Irrespective of the laws of cause and effects, each is itself in its own respect and is defined by its specific character. In the same vein as war is not rape, natural death is not war; adult malice is not death, Childhood misdemeanor is not adult malice; earthquake is not sickness, and rape is not earthquake, the works of Satan and his agents are not to be seen as childhood misdemeanor, they are to be recognized for what they are and what they represent. This knowledge will help the Christian avoid two extremes.
a). he will not become so agitated as to ‘shoot a pesky insect with a darn gun’.
b). yet he will not become so relaxed as to dine with the devil in any guise.
Maybe there’s also a time to leave the Stage so to return stronger. The baby Jesus ran to Egypt for safety to return later (Matt.2:13).
- REFUSE TO BE COMPLACENT: to be complacent means to become so satisfied with one’s achievements or situation as not to notice a potential danger whether in oneself or in another. A Christian and any good person should refuse to be complacent in the face of evil; that an Orphaned Child goes hungry to bed every night; that a young woman next door is battered often by her vicious husband; that people are killed every moment in Syria; that Children are taking dangerous, paths on the road to life. Christian parents should be concerned that their Children are turning away from the faith. The Apostles of Jesus, asked him (perhaps we should guess their mode) do you not care that we are perishing. They expected he would act. He did (Mk. 4). He told a story about poor Lazarus (Lk. 16), illustrates the need to be moved to act. If you are so good, you should so hate evil that you do not tolerate it.
- SEEK HELP: Essentially, all human beings are equally human, yet the accidental situations of life have so made it that no two human beings are exactly the same. God has so made it that we should always be in the position to help others and to need help. Let sick people seek the help of medical personnel; let those threatened by violence seek the help of security service personnel; let those who would learn seek teachers; let those who are hungry seek those with food. Ultimately however, let every man seek God. As Scriptures say, every house is built by someone, but he who builds all is the Lord God (Heb. 3). Do not rest until it is achieved.
- ACT WITHIN MEANS: I strongly recommend that Christians avoid the temptation to yield to despair. The one, who despairs, ceases to hope for his personal salvation from God (CCC 2091). Our ultimate hope must be directed to God, not man. A Christian should not reach that point where he begins to think he must do everything by himself because God no longer cares; is not aware of what is happening; or can no longer help; that is despair. God is ever, always aware and knows what to do. Do not begin to think, ‘I will do whatever I can do’. No, the end will not always justify the means. Do not do what you would normally not do. Do not go where you would normally not go.
KEEP THIS IN MIND:
Any battle against evil is a predictable battle. Evil may appear to prevail for a while, but God’s goodness and light will ultimately triumph. We must all spend our lives doing something for some course. It is said that those who live for nothing, die for nothing. Stand up and spend your life making sure there is light in your corner of this whole world. You will find fulfillment, joy, happiness and peace.
Ponder for a Minute: If there were to be no evil at all in the world, would everyone love God?
SHITYO, Ternenge Isaac.