Tolkien somewhere notes….

…the extreme weariness that comes on those who must constantly observe the battle between good and evil.

During great conflicts many normal people just want to know, “When does this end?”

The question comes as if someone may once lie down before evil, allow it to pass and then take what comes, for the sake of the end to the conflict. Sadly, religions sometimes exacerbate tensions between persons but just as often produce lackadaisical adherents who desert in order to gain approval.

The Judeo-Christian theological heritage, on the other hand, clearly teaches this truth; evil is to be opposed to the end. Perfectionism, progressive sanctification, whatever we want to call it, demands courage in the face of evil opposition.