Taking stock of life is a not-so-easy process. It isn’t that we can’t see; rather it is the challenge of dealing with reality. Simply put; if I don’t acknowledge there is a problem then I don’t have to do anything about it!
In some ways this clarifies how one responds to evil. It is never easy – accepting others absolutely and fully as they are but despising the evil that comes with them. I have watched others make this work; however it usually occurs in work-places that make little or no pretense of being anything but the streets. In corporate life everyone clings to the hope and na?ve belief that we are aligned with corporate values which state that we hold people in the highest position, value integrity as a core principle, and pledge to be open, accountable, and transparent. A true evaluation may be too painful for even the strongest to bear so we ignore what is obvious to everyone involved.
This may be seen as cynical but I think that it is merely another squandered opportunity that we leave lying on the table. Who will be the first to pick it up? Will anyone muster the courage? Can anyone take on the challenge?
There is one fear that I find myself facing as I struggle with the questions. What happens to the evil that confronts you and me? Who is going to deal with them?
The answer is eternally the same and I hold it to be true. “The Archangel Michael, who went to the mat with the Devil as they fought over the body of Moses, wouldn't have dared level him with a blasphemous curse, but said simply, “No you don't. God will take care of you!” But these people sneer at anything they can't understand, and by doing whatever they feel like doing—living by animal instinct only—they participate in their own destruction. I'm [God is] fed up with them!” (Jude 1.9-11)
Taking stock is difficult, yet it presents amazing opportunities for the future. Take courage, God will deal with the junk.