“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” –Variously attributed to John F. Kennedy, Edmund Burke, Charles F. Aked, etc.
A bully aggravated a boy at my son’s school last week, and the lighter weight child had the audacity to fight back. A brawl ensued, a crowd accrued chanting “Fight! Fight! Fight!” The frenzied youth were packed so tightly the teachers could not make it to the boys on the ground in time. An ambulance was required.
I asked my son, “Where were you? What did you do?” He and I had a nice talk.
This morning as I read Jesus Calling, the reflection caused me to look at Genesis 3 again. Author Sarah Young wrote, “The garden was filled with luscious, desirable fruits, but Eve focused on the one fruit she couldn’t have rather than being thankful for the many good things freely available.”
And for thousands of years people have been pointing a finger at Eve.
Eve gets a bad rap, as if sin or evil entered the world because she ate the forbidden fruit. The first book in the Bible, Genesis, tells us how God created the world, in what order He created things on earth (an unexpected read that), and how the first man and woman disobeyed and lost Eden (i.e. paradise) for themselves and all of us that came after. The 3rd chapter of Genesis says [Eve] “took some [of the forbidden fruit] and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”
The triumph of evil, one man listening to a conversation gone sideways (between Eve and the serpent) and saying nothing. A few kids standing by (to their credit not encouraging the fight) watching instead of doing something to help. A generation trained to observe “reality” and do nothing.
Let’s change the world, one profound talk with a child at a time. Let’s be the example.