Have you ever noticed how when someone is being oppressed or bullied by someone else and a third party steps in and calls to account the oppressor/bully, it can often shift the balance of power back to a position of equality?
As Christians we are not called to stay in the background and do nothing in the face of evil. We are told, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Rom 12:21
It’s easy to say, “It’s not my problem” or “I don’t have the skills to help,” but these words should never be our excuse for letting evil prosper or to let evil continue.
“Do not be overcome by evil” What does this actually mean?
I think we think of these words only as if they mean we are not to become evil, but what if these words are also about not letting evil control or overcome our good words and actions?
Fear of something is a powerful force. I think during this time of Covid we can see the power of fear even more clearly than we ever have before. Our lives have been radically changed because of the fear of a virus that could possibly kill.
Our fear of all kinds of things like what could happen and what does happen is a powerful force that evil can and does use that can overcome us and keep us from doing what we should be doing. Fear can stop us from helping others, speaking the truth, standing up for the mistreated, etc. Evil can be very frightening, but we are called to not be overcome by it.
When you encounter someone else being oppressed or bullied by evil, what do you do? Do you keep your distance and let the fear of what that evil might do to you overcome you and keep you from helping the oppressed and bullied? Or do you overcome that evil with good and stand up and bring God’s power to that encounter by speaking the truth and doing what is pleasing to God regardless of that fear?
Pro 31:8-9 “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
What if the speechless are not just the mute, but those who don’t currently have a voice because of their position or their current situation? And what if the poor and needy are more than just those in need of finances or food, what if they are poor and needy in other areas like emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually? Are we defying our fear (overcoming evil) and pleading their cause (doing good)? Or are we letting evil overcome us (succumbing to our fears of what it might cost us to stand up for them)?
One of the most beautiful things to see are people joining together to stand in righteous unity to protect each other, the innocent, the needy, the weak, etc. Mat 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Unity has an incredible way of revealing Him because only in His power are we able to truly come together and overcome evil with good.
Challenge: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Rom 12:21 Do not be restrained by fear and do not be silenced by it. 2Ti 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”