Saturday, July 09, 2005
Responding to Evil  

Our man in Great Britain, David Holford, has an insightful post on the London bombing entitled "How to Respond to Bombs".

In my opinion, the stereotypical "stiff upper lip" of the English is really a sign of the maturity that these great people have developed through their storied history. Through maturity, one is able to recognize that evil exists and that it will strike at innocence and goodness. Many are too immature, and thus, too afraid to call anything evil because they fear that what they would say would sound judgmental or hint that there are absolutes. However, if you have experienced true evil, you are not concerned about offending anyone when you call something evil.

Maturity also enables one to understand when and how to appropriately respond to evil. As David Holford suggests, sometimes you ignore evil, but at other times you strike back at evil, but even when you strike back at evil, you do not give it center stage. That is what its pride truly wants, and that is what we must not give it.

Christians pray, "... but deliver us from (the) evil (one)". In other words, ultimately, we entrust God with our protection, and we trust Him for vengeance upon evil. In the Our Father, we place God at the center of our fight against evil, which as St. Paul reminds us is
not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. (Eph. 6:12)

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