Day #50: Good Vs: Evil

On another Sabbath, he entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him.

But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” And he rose and stood there. And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” And after looking around at them all he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored.

But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Luke 6:6-11, ESV


This passage is a microcosm of the battle we face today. In this instance, there was a man whose hand was crippled. The people in power so hated Jesus that they could not see the importance of helping a disabled man who needed healing. Instead, they saw an opportunity to accuse and destroy. Jesus, on the other hand, saw a man who needed help, so He helped him. This beautiful act of kindness enraged the officials.


Why would that be? In this case, we know the reason. It was because the officials were so opposed to Jesus that it blinded them to what was needed - helping the helpless - and it caused them to want to destroy Jesus. Why? The simple answer is that Jesus was good and they were evil.


Fast forward to the present time when every crisis seems to be taken as an opportunity to destroy one's opponent. In recent months, we have everything from disease to economic hardships. It is a time of true need. Yet many so-called officials seem to be ignoring the fact that people need help, and in many cases are furious when help comes from those who do not support their power. Because of this, we have witnessed, over and over, direct opposition to those who would help, if it seemed in some perverse way to the "officials" that it threatened their power.


Why would they care where help came from?


Maybe, it is because the battle between good and evil is just as prevalent today as it was during the time of Christ. Now, if we are not careful, this type of anger and opposition might cause us to react with a similar anger, and a similar opposition. Or, we can react in the way that Jesus did: We can simply help the helpless. Now, we must understand that this will make some people furious, but that's okay. Evil people will always be opposed to people who are trying to do good. Our job is simply to do the good that we can whenever we have the opportunity to do so. 


Today's reading is from Luke chapter 6. It tells us all about the battle between good and evil, as well as which side God wants us to take in this fight.