Tolerance of Evil
“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” (Habakkuk 1.13 NIV).
A holy God who allows evil to exist is a difficult truth to grasps. God did not create evil, but out of His great love, He created life to share in His love. From the Bible, we know that God is a Creator God—He created angels, humans, animals, plants, etc. In His love, He gives us free will. Anything that exists has its absence, so we have the free will to choose a path in God (a holy standard) or a path in the absence of God (a sin standard). From what we know of the Bible, both angels and humans have fallen from God’s holy standard. But should the fact that we sin and make mistakes negate the beauty we also create for God’s glory? Should God have avoided making humanity altogether knowing that sin would dwell on the earth for a time? God is not surprised by sin—that’s why He created a redemption plan from the start through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. However, God does not waste the difficulty that sin produces in our lives. He tolerates sin because He knows that hardships grow our character and mold us into the image of Christ. To prove that one could live in sin and remain sinless, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our example. Most importantly, Jesus absorbed all of the world’s sin for us, so we could live in the freedom of grace. The victory has already been won—sin will not be tolerated for long. But until God establishes us in His eternal kingdom, we must trust that God will work everything out for His glory and good.
“Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins” (Romans 3.24 NLT).