Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” — Isaiah 5:20 (NKJV)
The good and the bad
It’s been a confusing time. A deadly virus has taken the world by surprise, making us feel vulnerable and changing our way of life in countless ways.
We’ve seen the best in people; we’ve seen the worse in people. Somehow, everything seems polarised and exaggerated in many ways. The toilet paper disappearing off the shelves for weeks on end as the whole world hoards many months-worth for their own use, leaving others to struggle. The food banks and community organisations coming together to make sure that the elderly can be stocked up on groceries and essential medicines when they cannot go out of the house to get them for themselves.
It was said that in Italy, even the Mafia started providing food for those in need. It’s a topsy turvy time, leading to confusion and chaos; and in others, depression and disorder.
For many, it has brought home (quite literally for some) what’s important in life – and what isn’t. We welcome the best in people, and we despair of the worse in people. It brings to our attention the battle of good versus evil.
It’s a battle we disregard at the best of times. We turn our eyes away from those injustices and those wrongs that cause us discomfort; it’s someone else’s problem, not ours. We cannot make a difference, after all. But that’s the problem – someone else.
There is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody would do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. (Anonymous)
Everybody thinks that somebody will tackle the injustices and the wrongs; anybody can do it, but nobody does.
There’s something about the lockdown that has made us notice things more. And it has changed us – or it should, perhaps, change us. It has made some people friendlier, others have become more unfriendly. It has made some communities rally round and look after one another, others have become more distant.
Whatever you have noticed in your own circle of lockdown experiences, it is perhaps a time to reflect upon good and evil; and to consider what you, personally, want to stand for. Because you will make a stand – whether you knowingly and deliberately make a stand or not – your actions and your decisions will indicate where you stand. Doing nothing, or saying nothing, speaks volumes for where you stand.
If you want to take a stand on the age-old battle between good an evil – however small that stand will be in the grand scheme of things – make a difference today. Speak out, shout out, or reach out. Seek others who feel as you do – and see what difference it will make in your life, and in the life of others around you.
May we pray: Thank You, Lord, we know that you stand with us in the battle against evil. Help us make a stand today – help us see what we need to see, and do what we need to do; and in some small way, help us make life better for ourselves and for others. We ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
If you’re struggling because of lockdown – please get in touch. It affects people in so many different ways – let us know how it has affected you. May God Bless You.
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