I do not advocate that anyone join forces with bad people to do their bidding, but I do recognize a disturbing reality: In this world bad people win.
As a Christian, I wrestle with understanding this reality.
Take a step back in time and one example of bad people who won involves the death of John the Baptist as recounted in the Bible’s book of Matthew the 14th Chapter (vv 3 – 9, The Message):
Herod [the regional ruler] had arrested John, put him in chains, and sent him to prison to placate Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. John had provoked Herod by naming his relationship with Herodias ‘adultery.’ Herod wanted to kill him, but he was afraid because so many people revered John as a prophet of God.
But at his birthday celebration, he got his chance. Herodias’s daughter provided the entertainment, dancing for the guests. She swept Herod away. In his drunken enthusiasm, he promised her on oath anything she wanted. Already coached by her mother, she was ready: ‘Give me, served up on a platter, the head of John the Baptizer.’ That sobered the king up fast. Unwilling to lose face with his guests, he did it …
I want the Christian life to be filled with nothing but the stories of good defeats evil, but it isn’t so: Bad people win, and it has been that way throughout the history of the human race.
Is justice beyond reach?
There is a truth that can be obscured by the harshness of this life, but when seen it sheds light on what many people desire – a place where there is only good, where evil has been defeated and vanquished: It’s called heaven, where, ” … there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain …” (Revelation 21:4, NKJV).
Today, maybe tomorrow, and maybe a whole lot of tomorrows, bad people will win – and good people will continue the fight against them, but someday justice will be meted out and only that which is good will forever reign in a place called heaven.