Engage: What Do We Do With Evil? #9

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The idea of overcoming evil with good can sometimes seem impossible, given the systemic and pervasive nature of evil. Paul questioned the possibility in Romans 7:14, 23.

Rohr connects our questions with Paul’s to remind us that our resistance to evil is always in the context of realism. That is, there is no full and final escape from evil…but…there is partial success.

We must live “in the system”–that is, being those who resist evil by espousing countercultural values, living in alternative communities, celebrating incremental change, and accepting the inevitability of opposition.

This is one expression of the way of Wisdom taught in Scripture. It is a way deemed foolish by the evil system. It is hidden (subversive), cruciform, and a way of love. It is a paradox. But it is the way God calls us to live.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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