There is a daring dichotomy between good and evil that allures the minds of all of us. It springs from the painful awareness of the presence of good and evil all around us. In our longing for that which is good we attempt to identify what is evil so we can eliminate it. The assumption is that evil is out there not realizing though that it resides right here at home, inside all of us.
We’re like the servants in Jesus’ parable of the weeds who want to “pull them up” and He pleads with us along with blood and the suffering from the pages of history: “No” … “because while you are pulling the weeds (evil), you may root up the wheat (good) with them”.
The proper and effective reaction to the evil out there is to cure the evil at home, inside of us.
Again the words of our Master are perennial: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone.”
Our nation is in a declared war against evil in the world. In our economical turmoil we’re trying to hunt down the evil out there that’s supposed to have caused this mess. We’re in cultural wars and on and on we go.
Can we stop this stupid witch hunting in our families, in our communities (churches), in our nation, in our economy, in the world at large once and for all? Can we? Will we? It starts with each one of us ready to heed Jesus’ plea.
Can we count you in?
Where do you stand on this?