reasonable evil

A couple of old-time Baptist deacons approached me after they saw an Easter drama I had written about Judas Iscariot. I expected a complaint because the focus was what might have caused the disciple to turn against Jesus.

One of them said, "What Judas did really made sense. It was the reasonable thing to do."

The bad guy didn’t wear a black hat or yell at old ladies or steal treats from little children. It’s possible Judas did what to him seemed like a reasonable idea at the time. Perhaps he thought giving Jesus a little shove would force the reluctant king to take his rightful place. It could have seemed like the right thing to do - but the move was completely wrong.

Evil doesn’t always show up in outrageous clothing. Direct temptation is not nearly as difficult to handle as evil that approaches as reasonable and thoughtful.

Stephen Goforth