See No Evil
My heart is full of angst tonight as I try to process some information I received from a friend this afternoon. A young woman hung herself last night and is in a coma. The very little I know about this precious life is all I need to know. She was sexually abused as a child. My friend and I have been trying to come to terms with the injustice, the sadness, and the evil of it all. My usual disposition of optimism and hope is temporarily shattered. I am enraged and bewildered at the harm that human beings inflict upon others. We who are made in the image and likeness of God.
I scan my brain for all of the answers that might come from my theological studies … free will, the reality of evil, judgment day for the perpetrator, blah, blah, blah. The truth of the matter is that I am not going to hear anything that will console me at this moment unless God comes down and speaks to me Himself. There simply is no answer that will suffice — one that will make me say: “Oh, I get it. It’s all fine now.” No damn it. It’s not fine. In fact, sometimes it can seem unbearable.
We must each search our own heart, know ourselves, and be ourselves. In a world of darkness and lies, we must manifest light and truth. If we are all hiding in our own protective shells with secrets, shame, and pain how can we possibly help each other heal? How can we come to recognize evil when we are uncertain of true goodness? Transparency is essential because evil prefers to be hidden. One by one we must emerge like shining crystal clear lightbulbs charged by the energy that only God can provide. We cannot do it alone - we must unite - in truth, love, and, hope.
Will we solve the world’s problems and eliminate evil, strife, and pain? No, but we will feel the power of good, justice, truth, and hope. We will hold hands and walk together protecting each other. Evil will soon no longer be able to deceive us. It will be the outcast — the one that is obscure, and we will shatter it before it shatters us. If doing so would alter one person’s personal struggle, we will have won. We will realize the power of God.
“… but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matt 18:16
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