I’ve just read a comment that we live in a sad world.
I fully understand the sentiment.
It was written following the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris.
However, I still think we live in a wonderful world.
But unfortunately it’s marred by a small minority of evil people.
I’ve chosen those words carefully. They’re evil people.
They have evil intent.
They’re motivated by greed for their way of life…
Which is to kill, destroy, and steal…
Steal our freedom which they believe we shouldn’t have.
As I said right at the start…
They’re a tiny minority!
We live in a wonderful world.
I could remind you of your lovely neighbours,
Your warm family,
The beautiful outdoors,
But I know there’s no need.
You can think of plenty of lovely things around you.
So how should we respond to this evil?
Looking at the social media today, there are many reactions.
A number of people are expressing how sad or disgusted they are.
Many prayers and thoughts are being sent.
Taking in the news this morning, here’s what came to me:
“Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”.
Those terrorists thrive on hatred.
So adding to that hatred would merely add fire to their fire.
But goodness and love would confuse them.
How can they defeat love?
How can they deal with that?
I reckon that’s why the age old saying from the Bible is so relevant today.
Goodness is still the only way to defeat evil.
It isn’t a religious statement.
It isn’t a new age concept.
It isn’t a pie in the sky wish.
It’s simple logic.
Evil can’t overcome evil.
But love can.
Let’s show Paris we’re with them.
Let’s carry on loving.
Let’s carry on doing good.
And let’s show the evil terrorists that their terror won’t turn us to evil.
Rather it increases our resolve to love.
That’s how we win.
Last night, a part of our wonderful world was wounded by evil.
Today, let’s use our most powerful weapon to begin to restore it.
Let’s overcome evil with good.