This proverb has been around for centuries. Though it’s origin is unknown, it is part of the teachings of the Vadjra cult and indicates that if we do not hear, see or speak of evil, we ourselves will be spared evil. Christians have taken this phrase and made it their own, coupling it with the verse that tells us to be “in the world but not of it”.

The unfortunate fact is that evil is part of this world. It seems we can’t get through a single day without some horrible act being commited. In order for us to be “in” the world, we have to come to terms with the fact that we will be faced with evil. We can’t hide from it. Jesus never tells us to. If He wanted us to hide from the evil around us, He probably wouldn’t have left us here in the first place.

If we hide from evil and do not hear it, see it, or speak of it, how can we minister to those around us who suffer because of it? It’s like a doctor who doesn’t want to know what caused the illness. He can have compassion and he can try different methods but until he knows the cause, he can only do so much. We as Christians have to come to terms with the evil around us and in us. We don’t have to accept it or understand it but we do have to face it. (And by facing it I don’t mean taking pictures of people buying porn to post on the internet to support your own self-righteousness.)

Life isn’t easy. There is evil all around us but there is also good. It’s finding the good that keeps you strong and reminds you that not all is lost. So don’t hide from the evil. Stand up to it where you find it. Face it. Live as if the world was as it should be to show it what it can be.

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