Evil in any form is a temporary aberration in the universe, not the ruling principle. The ruling principle is love. We live in a world however where evil seems to reign supreme, which speaks more to the God-given ability of humans to shut out love than to the weakness of love. If evil seems omnipotent and love seems weak, it is evidence we are in a tilted room. Evil cannot be omnipotent in a universe created by Love. Love is omnipotent not just because it is morally right but because it is the Creator’s nature.
Evil is easily overcome when we align ourselves with Love. If we are overcome by evil, we allowed it out of ignorance of the supremacy of good and its ability to overwhelm evil. It is absurd how we often think the odds are stacked against us when we do good, which is evidence of being in a tilted room. It is erroneous for the good to flee before the wicked. Instead, the good should be full of confidence because they have behind them the ruling principle in the universe.
I love the encounter between David and Goliath for that reason. The armies of Israel fled from Goliath because they thought they were doomed, not knowing that just one of them aligned with Love, though untrained in combat could take out the giant effortlessly. The difference between David and Saul’s army was knowledge. David had stepped out of the tilted room, so he knew the truth and could appropriate it.
Winston Churchill said during the encounter with Hitler, “How wonderful it would be if the Germans could be made to wonder where they were going to be struck next, instead of trying to force us to the wall in the Island and roof it over. An effort must be made to shake off the mental and moral prostration to the will and initiative of the enemy in which we suffer.”
Many of us are surrounded by one form of evil or another today and we are apprehensive. The first step would be to come out of our “fake reality” through knowledge of the truth. Evil is not omnipotent. One human being who has stepped out of the tilted room we are all born into and which most never come out of, can stop the spread of evil, whether on an individual or societal level. This is urgently needed in Nigeria, where evil manifests in many forms. We are not dealing with an omnipotent enemy, but one very easily overcome by people who know the truth and can appropriate it.