Overcoming evil

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21 (NIV)

The last piece I wrote was on Michael Brown and the need to respond with love rather than violence. In the past few weeks, we have seen another case of injustice with Eric Garner. These moments create a feeling of helpless when the people who are supposed to protect us against such things are in fact the perpetrators.

We can not afford to let this evil overcome us though. We must decide — such choices are ever most important in our lives — to conquer evil with good, with love, and not allow ourselves to be beaten. Evil can not win. It has already lost.

The only way it can win is if we choose to give it place. Evil can only conquer what we allow it to conquer. In the face of evil, let us laugh. Let us mock the darkness with joy that breaks through the sorrow like moonlight through twilight.

By goodness, we may show darkness that it has already lost, that it has no place in this world. Stand and love. Let no hate creep into your heart and taint the light within. Let us use our goodness to scour clean the earth of wickedness and evil.

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