The word ‘evil’
is spoken a lot these days
… by many people
… for many reasons.

It comes to us
… on tv
… in face-to-face conversations
… through phone calls
… via text messages,
 FB posts, messages and emails
… and even handwritten correspondence

Not just by adults
… but by youth and children and elders.
Not just by politicians
… but by ordinary citizens.
Not just by people we agree with
… but by people we disagree with.

easy to
… tweet or text or type first, rather than think.
… react first, rather than respond
… speak words of love, rather than show that love in action.
… enable others, rather than be honest
… dwell in and focus on one’s own selfish desires,
rather than allow the needs of others to be the motivating force.

When people say
“All …”
be that all religions
or all politicians
or all Democrats
or all Republicans
or all Conservatives
or all Liberals
or all Jews
or all Mexicans
or all gays
or all Italians
or all Blacks
or all trans
or all Southerners
or all differently-abled
or all Americans
or all poor
or all elderly
or all mentally ill
or all Asians
or all youth
or all … (fill in the blanks)
and then make a sweeping statement
… degrading, disrespecting, bullying, ignoring anyone in a particular category,
there is no opportunity for
… dialogue
… respectful listening, compassionate hearing, genuine caring
… sincere conversation, sharing of opinion, or elimination of prejudice/bias
let alone
… reconciliation
… healing
… hope.

The world craves hope.

But if Hope leaves
what is left?


Before the 8th century when the ‘hearing, speaking, seeing evil’ concept
began to take form through Confucius’ writings,
the Biblical teaching: “abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22 NKJV)
provided wise counsel.

But it didn’t go away.
Can it be defeated?
Difficult but yes.
It involves metanoia
… a change in one’s way of life
… a transformative change of heart
… a turning-around
turning around *e-v-i-l* to become *l-i-v-e*

It is time to stop
… speaking
… hearing
… seeing
… thinking
… doing
… enabling
… denying
the existence of evil.

Evil is real.
It exists.
It is time to name it.

It is Metanoia Time.

“Let us not be overcome by evil
… but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:21


Text and Photo © June Maffin


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