How Do We Overcome?
What do you do when you are overcome by evil? How do your handle yourself when your rights have been trampled upon? What recourse do you have when justice seems elusive? When must you rise up and be heard? What are the just deserts for our enemies and who will inflict the punishment? Has God given us no recourse? Does He not know of our struggle? What are we to do? The Apostle Paul answers our questions. The strategy to defeat evil has not changed. This plan of action was the basis of Dr. Martin Luther King’s moral argument for non-violent civil disobedience. The goal is not one of victory but to strive earnestly for peace by showing love toward our enemy in word and in deed.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits . 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
In Dallas, Minneapolis, Baton Rouge and across the nation, speak respectfully without cursing and instead sincerely pray for our enemy, be aware of the needs of others considering your own failings, and denounce revenge and retribution leaving the wrath of God to God. Our desire aught be peace and not payback. Do good and not evil to our enemy and in so doing your enemy is transformed into a friend or the love shown will put him to shame. We overcome evil with good.