Why Evil Rules The Land
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
Ever wonder why evil rules the land in a world where those who claim to be good clearly outnumber the bad ones? The explanation is simply found in Edmund Burke’s quote.
Evil rules the land because those who claim to be good do not challenge the activities of the bad ones nor do they seek to make right what they witness going wrong. Rather than stand up for what is right, they prefer to sit in silence and watch the evil ones carry out their evil deeds with little or no sign of concern at all.
In today’s world, when something bad is happening, people prefer to capture the moment rather than rescue the moment. They are quick to draw out their phones, take a picture or two, record a video or even take a selfie to show they witnessed or were present at the scene of the incident.
To be good or considered good requires more than not doing or not engaging in things that are outright bad but to be good requires opposing the bad and standing up for what is good and right.
To Be Good requires doing good. In the parable of talents (Matthew 14-30), The servant who hid his masters money, did nothing with it and returned exactly what was given to him was called a bad and lazy servant. Jesus said this not because the servant did something that is obviously evil but because he did nothing with the money. Doing nothing means doing nothing good and to be good requires doing something good.
Revelation 3:15-17 (GNT) says;
“ I know what you have done; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich and well off; I have all I need.’ But you do not know how miserable and pitiful you are! You are poor, naked, and blind.”
God does not support sitting on the fence, you are either on the Lord’s side or on the other side, there is no neutral position nor gray area. It is either you stand up for what is right or you sit in acceptance of what is bad.
In Matthew 12:30 (GNT), Jesus told the Pharisees that
“Anyone who is not for me is really against me; anyone who does not help me gather is really scattering..”
This means that if you do not stand up for what is right and oppose what is bad, then you support that which is bad. If you say the affairs of a country are being directed by corrupt and bad officials and you refuse to vote when it is time for election, then you support them.
You may say politics is a dirty game but I ask you this, what are you doing to clean it up?
There are two sides to a coin, head and tail. Two sides to a story, truth and lie and also two sides to things, good and bad. There is no middle position, you can not be lukewarm, you must be either hot or cold and once you are not hot, then you are cold. It is either you are good or you are bad.
When good men do nothing, they choke the good ones who are ready to do something. Jesus stated this when he said in John 15:2 (GNT) that
“He (God) breaks off every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit”.
We are the branches and our actions are the fruits. Those who do not do the good they are to do bear no fruit and will be removed so that those who bear fruits will be clean and have more space to bear more fruits.
When good men do nothing, they help evil triumph. It was recorded in Obadiah 1:11 that God told the Nation of Edom that because they stood aside when enemies broke the gate of Judah and did nothing but watch, they are as guilty as the perpetrators.
“You stood aside on that day when enemies broke down their gates. You were as bad as those strangers who carried off Jerusalem’s wealth and divided it among themselves.” (Obadiah 1:11, GNT)
Sitting in silence and watching the evil others do without opposing them means you support them.
When good men do nothing, they are no longer good. It is a sin not to get something good done when you know you should.
“So then, if we do not do the good we know we should do, we are guilty of sin” (James 4:17, GNT)
In order not to be guilty of sin and avoid being counted as one of the evil doers, you are to do the good you know you should.
Stop accommodating the evil/ wrong of others, stop learning to live with it, do not help them to achieve their evil deeds, be not like the fig tree that was cursed and dried up from its roots cos no fruits where found on it (Matthew 21:18-19).
Stand up for what is right and good, speak up and be counted among the good people in the land.