Forgive my sports analogy, but I have often found myself wrestling with the concepts and realities of good and evil. It stands to reason that if you believe in God and His goodness, power and the righteousness of Jesus Christ, then you must also believe in Satan and his earthbound inherent ‘evilness.’

So that I don’t become too esoteric, allow me to explain. It is the height of hypocrisy or wanton ignorance that we as human beings follow a course of action consistent with one belief and act at the same time totally contrary to that same belief. We concede to the reality that evil exists.

Our laws, legal system and subsequent penalties are there to protect us against criminal, abhorrent and yes, evil behavior. The recognition then, is, or should be, that there must be a counterbalance of behaviors or at least professed beliefs that confirm the existence of good, the God stuff.

Unfortunately, it seems that evil demands action while goodness gets a whole lot of lip service.

I believe this is true because we humans, with all of our flaws and faults (or should I say sinfulness), have gotten used to functioning in a world controlled in large part by the evil one.

Christians do recognize that the devil does have power in this world, however limited. The Bible confirms this. Thanks to him many of us have become somewhat numb to this brand of living. We see this 24/7 on the news.

Fortunately, when it comes to Christ, we are able to put some perspective on all of this and the evil/sin that exists in our own lives. That’s when we finally get it. By putting ourselves in line with the righteousness of Christ, it becomes clear to us where we fit in this struggle between good and evil. We then recognize we are the prize in this game.

To the victor goes us. That’s right. In this game between good and evil, we (that means you) are the prize.

Again, fortunately for us, we have some say in whose clubhouse the celebration takes place. Once you accept the concept of good and evil in the context of God and the devil, the rules of engagement are clear. In this game, the ball (us) has a say in who gets the victory.

Can you imagine any athletic event where the ball actually participates in the game? We are that ball in this high stakes game for our very souls. Imagine that. We can stack the deck. But it can’t be by happenstance. It must be deliberate and we must be constant in making sure the ball takes favorable bounces throughout the game.

With this in mind, Christ has given all of us the game plan we need to insure ultimate victory.

“He who believes in me… will never die.” John 11:25-26. That’s it. It’s all about belief. When Jesus says in John 16:8-9, “When He (the Counselor/Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin because men do not believe in me…,” He is telling us that the biggest threat to our own salvation is disbelief.

You see belief in Christ brings about the condemnation of Satan. It must. It’s a game changer. The knowledge of good concedes nothing to evil. Now we are armed and ready for the struggle.

We are on guard against the evil that is intended to destroy us. We now have a point of reference for all of our current and future behaviors. That doesn’t guarantee success all the time. But it does let us understand the stakes.

We know the difference between good and evil and we recognize our weaknesses in relation to evil and our strengths in relation to good. No contest is without its risks and rewards but for now, Game on!

May God forgive your fumbles and bless your recoveries in the name of His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May He bless and keep you always.

(Photo: James A. Washington)

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