Romans 16:19 – For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.
I had an interesting discussion with a friend about whether or not a Christian who has been invited to a party by non-Christian friends should go or not. My comments to him where that if he feel so uncomfortable there so that he cannot be a witness, then he shouldn’t be there. However, if he is SO comfortable there that he equally cannot be a witness, then he also shouldn’t be there. Life is one of balance – that doesn’t mean seeing how far you can get to “the line” without sinning! It means living a life that knows the limits of the old man.
Paul in this verse gives us some wise advise concerning evil and tells us that we don’t have to learn about all that is wrong and evil so we can know what to stay away from. Paul exhorts us to be wise about what is good.
C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters says: “The greatest evil is not done in those sordid dens of evil that Dickens loved to paint … but is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clear, carpeted, warmed, well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.”
the danger of evil and the Christian is highlighted by Martin Luther King, Jr: “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
I particularly like John Newton’s comments about evil: “Many have puzzled themselves about the origin of evil. I am content to observe that there is evil, and that there is a way to escape from it, and with this I begin and end.”