Choice: In The Fall by Albert Camus, Jean-Baptiste Clamence is a successful, well-respected and charitable lawyer in Paris, who primarily takes “widow and orphan” cases. One day, he’s crossing the Pont Royal and comes across a woman dressed in black leaning over the edge of the bridge. He hesitates for a moment, but continues walking. Suddenly, he hears splashing water and knows that she has jumped in. What does he do?
Realization: He has three choices: (1) he can jump in and save her, but then—he reasons—he himself might drown; (2) he can run and get help, but then—he reasons—someone might suspect him of wrongdoing; or (3) he can walk away, which is what he does. His choice plagues him. He considers himself good and altruistic, but he realizes that he is duplicitous and selfish. He realizes that he isn’t committed to anything other than his own comfort, that he has lived his whole life in search of honor, recognition, and power over others. Ultimately, he responds by withdrawing from the world—closing his law practice, avoiding people, throwing himself into debauchery.
Supernatural: Tim Keller says that Clamence’s crisis is not merely emotional or intellectual; it’s also spiritual. “There is human good and evil and supernatural good and evil. Every inch is claimed by God and counterclaimed by the enemy. Christians see that life is a fight, and that there is a battle for your soul.”  How do we engage in this battle? Paul writes, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”  Evil is multi-dimensional; our problems are not merely human or natural.
Prayer: Lord, Evil is complex; it stems from the flesh, the world, and the enemy. We confess that we often do not take it as seriously as we should. We attribute our problems mainly to our intellect, our morality, or other things. Yet the spiritual realm is real. There is a battle for our hearts and souls. Teach us to discern it and fight it in our lives, and may we put on the full armor of God—truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the word, and prayer. Amen.
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 Tim Keller. “The Strategies of Darkness.” Sermon. 11/24/91. |  Ephesians 6:11-12 ESV