Advent brings about thoughts of the second coming of Christ, and in this, we recall Jesus’s parable about the wheat and the tares. Remember that the wheat did not outgrow the tares. The harvest had to come, and then the tares were gathered up and burned.
So it is with evil in our world. At Christ’s coming in great triumph on the last day, evil will then be destroyed—not before. There is no such thing as the progressive triumph of the Church over evil until a wonderful new world spontaneously generates. Progressivism is merely the vision of a Christ-less secularism, and the Church must be on its guard at all times against this sort of worldly, utopian fantasy. In our day, the fantasy proclaims that humanitarianism on a global scale, fueled by the requisite amount of money, will usher in a new age of peace and harmony.
Surely, these utopians underestimate the power of evil as it exists in the hearts of the most ostensibly benevolent persons. They also underestimate the glory, majesty, and justice of God against whom evil is an offense. Because it is God who is primarily offended, only he can “fix” the problem of evil.
Those of us who believe in Christ adopt a godly strategy, we follow the word of the Lord. We wait for his coming triumph, and we watch!