Christians are not called to stamp out the evil of the world by killing bad people. We are trying to let the Holy Spirit clean out the evil in us. And we are called to share the truth of how we received forgiveness of our sins and started on this road to righteousness. We are soldiers of the gospel led by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus overcame the world through humility and wisdom. Jesus, who is all powerful God, did not smite the heathens and bring down fire and brimstone on the evil nations, but through self-sacrifice, he defeated our enemy, and he is our example of how to fight evil.
“The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of this world (2 Corinthians 10:4).”
At the end of the Jewish exile in Babylon, Zerubbabel was called on by the Lord to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. The prophet Zechariah was given this word for Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6). Zerubbabel, who was facing what appeared to be an impossible task in an impossible environment, was reassured that the Spirit of God was going to provide what was needed to accomplish the task and overcome the obstacles.
How much more will God’s Spirit within us complete the task of ridding the earth of evil and establishing his Kingdom? Through his church he will accomplish this. We just need to do the work that he sets before us. We wait in faith for the reveal of his conclusion.
I will leave you with these words from the Apostle Paul found in Ephesians 6:10-17,
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.