bq. Now is the time that we must choose between what is right, and what is easy.
This quote from the movie _Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire_ is a variation on a quote from the book itself, and it carries a valuable lesson that can be applied to the Christian walk (though that was almost certainly not Rowling’s intent). This statement by the Headmaster of Hogwarts begs the question, Why is ‘right’ so hard and evil so easy? And the answer, at least from a Christian perspective is simple — because evil appeals to our fallen and sinful nature. It has always been, and always will be, easier to go with the flow than against it. And when the flow goes the way of doing what is wrong, most of us are content to simply drift along with a lackadaisical disinterest.
Fortunately, God grants more grace through the person of His Son and the working of His Spirit. He gives light where there is none and opens the eyes of those who would believe. As such His children are then able to be light to a dark world on His behalf, standing against the tide, sometimes at great cost, to do what is right and just and holy in the eyes of a powerful, loving, and righteous God. It’s not always easy to do what is right, particularly when the allure of what is easy is oh-so-tempting. Yet, the most satisfying times are when the surge races past and we find that we are standing fast on the Rock, safe and sound when all others have given in to their own sinful whims. We’re not perfect, of course, but it _is_ most rewarding when we find we have stood the test and faced the trials and come out the other side victorious.