Original post at http://www.nextstepevangelism.org/2012/11/13/maxies-weekly-word-5/
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE EVIL
I came away from a recent visit to the Holy Land with great sadness, as much as any place in the world; this is one of violence and everyday tension. My visit verified the fact that if history and religion teach us anything, it is that there will always be evil in the world, aggression, oppression, greed for wealth and territory, and the denial of liberty to persons because they are women or of another race.
How to live with the reality of evil is a challenge for us no matter where we live as it is for people in Israel and Palestine. All the religions present there, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity say something about this. My Christian faith tells me that love and forgiveness are the most powerful forces in human relationships, and that those who live by the sword will perish by it.
I implore you: if you want life to matter, don’t let the reality of evil blind you to the redemptive power of love and forgiveness.