All of my favorite movies have a great good and a great evil. In The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, you have Frodo, Gandalf and their fellowship versus Sauron and his evil forces. In Star Wars you have the Force and the dark side. Superman, Batman, Spider-man, all of these super heroes have their foes. In World War II movies we have the Allies versus the evil Nazi and Axis powers. Police dramas have the good police versus the criminals. Even love stories have the power of love battling against the circumstances, difficulties, hardships and struggles that plague relationships today. Every great film has some aspect of good versus evil.
What draws us into these films is this conflict that mirrors our own lives. We are constantly surrounded by good and evil. We are constantly faced with choices that result in good or evil. What we do, what others do, every thought, every word, every action is either based in love and brings glory to God or it isn’t or it is in opposition to Him. For me, as a Christian, I want to be on the side of good, the side of love and the at the side of God—and this is where my struggle reaches its peak. Perhaps it will be plainer if you hear what Paul said to the Christians in Rome. “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-21)
Some of the things Paul says are hard to do. What seems most difficult to me to do is to “live at peace with everyone” (I know I can’t make them be peaceful—but shouldn’t I be). It is so easy for me to reply with sarcasm. It is easy for me to tell others of how so-and-so treats me so poorly, or is so mean. Yet this is known in the Bible as gossip. And when I am pushed, I want to push back. Unfortunately, my first response is not one of meekness (Matthew 5:5) or turning the other cheek (Matthew 5:39). Somehow, I need to train my heart to work harder at conquering evil with good. Maybe you can identify with the fact that this is not easy—but it is Godly. In fact, isn’t the way Jesus conquered sin by being good? Oh, that I was gooder…more good…more like Jesus.