That question again: “Why is there more evil in the world these days?” My friend had just seen the latest news about another massacre in a another school. He just couldn’t believe how this increase in school shootings has accelerated in the past two years. How many Parklands are yet to happen? And, why?
The Catholic Church teaches that we have inherited the tendency to sin from our first parents, Adam and Eve. If you think this idea is laughable, what answer do you come up with? The Lord intended that his creatures would live with Him in friendship.
I love the image which the bible relates of The Lord walking in the Garden of Eden “in the breezy part of the day” all the while looking for his creatures, his friends. Where are they? Hiding in the brush because they were naked. “Who told you that you were naked?” Then, scripture goes on in words close to these: “You have broken trust with me by contradicting the one rule I gave you and now you are ashamed.” They were ashamed because their consciences told them that they had wronged the Lord.
My Church refers to the twisted nature with which we are born as “Original Sin.” Our human nature is not corrupt, it’s weakened. Our moral judgements are subject to rationalizations. We are tempted, lured even, to sin and sometimes to an awful sense of self- righteousness.
Think the Klu Klux Klan –which still exists. It’s sympathizers feel something like this concerning “strangers”: Lynchings for the sake of righteousness is justifiable. Colored people, Jews, Catholics are not part of the good side of our culture. Immigrants from South of the border are illegal, criminals –most of them. They bring drugs. They are rapists. We’ve got to get them out. Out? Yes, out of our society.
Evil is active because our consciences have been numbed by lies. That’s why evil is so prevalent in our America, home of the free and the brave. Put in another way, what we have is a crisis of belief. There is no God. There’s only me and people like me. They aren’t important. I, and people like me are meant to inherit the earth.
We Christians have to keep our consciences free from the lies and temptations of the evil one. Yes, we need to come to church but we need to go, too. We need to reject the culture of death and violence. We need to go out and stand for kindness and justice in our schools, at our jobs, in our neighborhoods. If we don’t do this, our consciences will accuse us and indict us and the evils will go on. And, in our day, will the death of Our Lord Jesus Christ be for nothing?