Evil doesn’t get much press today. If anyone talks about evil, it is usually associated with concentration camps, serial killers or waiting too long in line. We picture evil flourishing because of people like Frank Underwood who plot away in dark corridors of power and influence.
I wonder if evil is more like ivy. It starts by sending out tendrils that convince good people that they are powerless. Its fiberous strands strengthen when honest people feel that building the wall, shooting the addicts or stopping the boats is not only right but righteous. It blooms when fair-minded people become convinced that only way to put the world straight is for them to use violence and punitive punishment. It prances when strong and decisive leaders promise to fix and deliver everything.
Paul the Apostle offered a different vision and a more radical solution. Evil grows when we care only for ourselves, our family or our nation. Consequently, the only tonic that works is love. Love is neither soft nor easy. It takes strength to weep, determination to hope and conviction to stand for a different future. ‘Do not be overcome by evil’ said Paul, ‘but overcome evil with good’ (Romans 12.21). Love is not for heroes. Love is what ordinary people do everyday to make bad situations better. Why not come along to Basement on Sunday from 10am and discover how.