“Mystic apes” of shrine of Nikko (Japan) or the three monkeys of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil is a wise pictograph, but equally wise is another proverb which says “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Feigning ignorance of atrocities, evil and injustice around us can turn out as a disaster in near future.
Good men doing Nothing
The other day an uncle of mine forwarded good morning wish along with the Morning manna of T.U. Thomas. I straightway replied to him what deception it carried. And then came his expected reaction. Let us look to Jesus. It alone matters! Avoid their faults! I have come across many people who always say “Look for positives and neglect negatives,” when I begin discussing TPM manipulation. That advice appears wise on a surface level. This is why TPM devotees turn blind eye to the untoward behaviour of the fake saints in white.
They look at their starched white outfit and doctored biographies and as you begin to unravel the mischief behind those white walls they’ll begin their words of wisdom “it will not benefit you in any manner, so don’t talk about it, don’t think about it! Come to church, take what is good and leave the rest.” Wow! I get impressed! But do I really? Is it really a wise suggestion? Are we in danger, in the long run, to stereotype our nature in such situations, to only look for that which is positive, beneficial and neglect the negatives? We may be wise, alert and master of filtering out the unwanted waters, but what about our children? What about our children’s children? Are we offering milk to snakes and cobra? Will they bite our children if we keep feeding them? The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, isn’t it? Good men do nothing because they haven’t felt the pinch of evil. But what is the use of such goodness if you only respond to the sting of evil directed at you and show ignorance to the pain of evil towards your neighbour?
The Scriptural Standard
Why do Scriptures appear to be contrary to this worldly wise advice – to neglect negatives, feign ignorance to the evil around us & focus only on positives? Why are its pages filled with records of human failure? Does God want us to read only good deeds of Adam, Cain, Noah, Abraham, David, Moses, Israelites, Kings of Israel and Judah, Pharisees, residents of Corinth, Ephesus, Smyrna and Thyatira? Why are biographies of biblical characters filled with scars of its heroes? Why does in criticize them that overpass the deeds of the wicked (Jeremiah 5:28)? Why does it ask its reader to deliver the spoiled out of hands of the oppressor (Jeremiah 22:3, Isa 1:17)? Why do the Holy writings instruct, “Open your mouth for mute for rights of all who are destitute? Defend the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8-9).”
If we are to only look at positives then we need to blackout those verse in scriptures which make mention of failures of people of ancient times. We can then have the license to play only white keys of the piano. We can then let the oppressor oppress the oppressed and feign self-righteousness by saying “Lord when was thou hungry or naked or in prison (Matt 25:44)?” Or else throw that advice to the Trash Can (to make habit of feigning ignorance to evil) and learn to look at both black and white together! Learn to look at the entire big picture, and try to make sense from it. Raise your voice against evil brother, against physical and spiritual evil. Fight for the cause of them who shed tears within the white walls and feel terrified to forsake the company of people with feigned righteousness. Do Justice! Show mercy! Love your neighbours as you expect good for you and your children.
15When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.
Your hands are full of blood!
16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.[a]
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Here is a sample of the effect of refusing to see the entire truth. Behold the blindness of them who are created in the image and likeness of TPM.
How many of you go shopping to buy a shirt and finding a hole in it, tell yourself “look at positive, don’t look at the hole in the shirt!” Will you buy that shirt? There are many in TPM who only look at positive in TPM and never think on its negatives. They keep harping this church focuses on holiness, simplicity and no to television, no jeans, no lipstick, no jewellery! These people don’t know that these are only advertised marketing gimmicks. There are tons of do’s and don’ts in TPM which have no meaning and on a deeper platform, they drown you into legalism. They serve slow poison in a glass of milk and package deadly bread in silver foils.
Those are people who buy this shirt only because it is white in colour but they neglect the facts that it has holes or it is made of a poor quality material, threads used for stitching are easily breakable, it has no buttons, and it smells horribly stinky. They not only wear poor quality clothes for themselves but also allow it to be sold to other blind devotees. They do not want to hear the fact that people could be clothed with clothes of righteousness if they truly believe in the power of the blood of the lamb to be able to hide the nakedness of children of Adam.