Wickedness

We react in different ways to the wickedness around us. Some, especially those who have suffered in some way as a result of wickedness, become bitter and acerbic. In others, it brings out a courage in the face of adversity, they never knew was there. Some look around and see wickedness everywhere. Maybe, they would sometimes profit from a look into their own hearts and minds. But what is the goodof blindly refusing to see any wickedness in our world in a fashion that would rival any head in the sand ostrich.

Yet there is one who has reacted quite differently towards the wickedness in our world. He didn't stay outside raising his finger and scolding us, neither did he pass instructions in how to live from his nice clean little house in the sky. He came into the depths of our world, those depths we live in every day. He got his hands dirty righting the wrongs I and millions like me have inflicted on our fellow beings. And not only that. He even went as far as to offer his own life as the only means to create peace between ourselves and our creator; a creator who did not intend us to turn out the way we did, a creator who abhors the wickedness he finds in our once so perfect world.

But his achievement is not just more of the same with some forgiveness thrown in for good measure. Far from it. His death released a life-giving power which can change us and make us new people reconciled to our creator, reconciled to each other ― a force for good in this beautiful and ugly world.

16 comments:

AMEN! I would have capitalized the word Creator though, as a name...lol I wanted to write something along these lines but I couldn't word it right. You worded it really articulantly and you have a way of pulling the reader in. Good take on the wickedness of man and how to overcome!

21 July 2007 at 02:09  

The last line -

"a force for good in this beautiful and ugly world"

Oh, don't we need this now!

21 July 2007 at 11:46  

It is essential that good and evil both exist. They define each other, one without the other, would have no purpose. In all things there is balance -- the yin and yang, day and night, black and white... good and evil.

21 July 2007 at 16:18  

I could really do without all the evil and wickedness in this world, but it's not as simple as just wishing is it? That's what the One came to show us, by His example to all of us.
An excellent post for this topic today...

21 July 2007 at 18:28  

"Wicked" post Paul!

21 July 2007 at 18:37  

I needed to read this. Thanks.

21 July 2007 at 18:41  

Very well said Paul ! Nice read !

21 July 2007 at 18:44  

"beautiful & ugly world" so true so sad

21 July 2007 at 19:26  

Well done, Paul! Free will gets in our way far too often.

22 July 2007 at 01:42  

Thanks for a traditionally wicked notion!

22 July 2007 at 08:28  

It interests me that so many people have taken the topic of "wicked" in a religious direction. I suppose "wicked" is one of those old testament-y type words that make people feel righteous.

For myself, I like a little wicked and would like to get to know it a bit better.

22 July 2007 at 17:27  

Wonderfully written. Perfect take on the post.

23 July 2007 at 01:50  

So unfortunate! Much nicer to live peacefully with contentment and love! Wickedness be GONE!!! Nice Scribble!

23 July 2007 at 08:23  

hi there.....an excellent role model! Understanding the difference between good and evil and then doing something about it it up to us. well written.

23 July 2007 at 09:05  

it is always a good story, for believers and unbelievers too.

it wasn't me at manchester uni, I'm afraid, paul. probably someone who looked like me!

23 July 2007 at 16:56  

Well said, and well-written. Excellent!

23 July 2007 at 18:56  

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