Karl Douglass: Faith over fear

April 21, 2013 

In case you forgot, there is evil in the world. What happened in Boston was an evil act, committed by evil people with evil intent. There is no other explanation or justification that can be provided.

As if setting the Boston Marathon ablaze wasn't enough, the armed conflict between the suspects and law enforcement officers as well as the manhunt that followed on Friday gave us even more evidence of the evil. All of Boston went into lockdown as the younger of the two terrorists taunted police on social media and threatened to "kill all of them like you did my brother."

Yes, there is evil in the world.

As Bostonians were directed to seek permanent shelter during the tense situation, other Americans wondered if what happened there could happen in their town. When I heard police sirens and watched the car race by me as I dropped my daughter off at school Friday, I wondered if it could happen here. I wondered if I should let her go to the dance that night. I wondered if we should let her to the Girl Scout outing the next day.

I was overwhelmed by thoughts of a Boston father who finished a marathon, hugged his son then watched him die as he headed back to be with his mother. In that moment of reflection, I was terrified. The terrorists achieved their goal with me. For a moment, I chose fear over faith and, in my mind at least, began to take steps to retreat.

Then, the police car passed, my daughter jumped joyfully out of the car, said "I love you, daddy" and ran to catch up with her friends. I watched them smile and giggle their way into the school and I was reminded that faith is greater than fear. Love is greater than hate. And America never has and never will succumb to terror.

There is certainly evil in the world.

But, there is also good. Over the arc of time, good will always defeat evil. Good men will always overcome evil ones. That belief is the foundation of American society. Though that foundation was surely shaken this week, our beloved society continues to stand.

Karl Douglass, Columbus native and resident, is a frequent commenter on local, state and federal politics. Follow him on Twitter@KarlDouglass or facebook.com/karldouglass.

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