“And do not participate in the unfruitful actions of darkness. Instead, you should reveal the truth about them.” (Ephesians 5:11.)
So often the call to stand against evil comes from a triumphalist position of power. We are asked to rise from our lofty position of comfort and offer a hand from above to the unfortunate. More often, the stand against evil is thought to be against “known” agreed upon evil. Too easy. Minority group or person X is evil and hence they must pay.
But often the need for warriors and knights require material and social risk and when knights turn their backs, the one called to fight is the one being crushed. This brief reflection on the incarnation and the iconoclast reaches up to the discussion on resisting evil from below. It is especially for those facing destructive hostility on a prolonged basis and presents the audacious call to oppose evil from the ground.
While on earth, Jesus associated with those the world deemed lowly but God saw infinite value in (a pattern with God throughout the Bible), he resisted the devil’s call in the wilderness to bend the knee, he called out hypocrisy and died on a cross all the while asking us to do the same. The Jewish leaders wanted to destroy him and all he stood for as a challenge to their power and the Roman empire appropriated his death to make a sick mockery of a defeated people (“King of the Jews”).
And yet, the cross is a symbol of the victory and power of God over sin and death that radically reoriented human history. Any attempts the iconoclast made to mar the image of God was subverted and their power inverted.
Read the rest at Tim Fall's blog.