Evil men were created by God. Evil empires exist within the will of God. Evil persists currently because God allows it.
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:3-5, ESV
If we accept the Bible to be true, we cannot deny the fact that all exists today came about through the Son. This includes evil and men and groups and nations which do evil. We cannot deny these uncomfortable truths because they are stated in Scripture. However, despite this evil, in opposition to this ominous darkness, the light of Jesus Christ shines through.
Though we are told the Enemy opposes God at every turn and we even see him directly confront the Son of God through the temptations of Jesus, evil and the Enemy will not prevail. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” The light of God will never be overcome. Even when things are bleakest, God is sovereign. He is still in charge and in control.
So why does God allow such evil? Why does He allow suffering? Is it because He is, as some would claim, a malicious and evil God Himself? No. Such a God would not sacrifice Himself for our salvation. Such a God would not call up His people to overcome and resist evil and to do so by doing good.
Evil, at this present time, has a purpose. It contrasts with God and reveals His goodness and His perfection and His holiness. Evil, when we stand against it, helps us grow in faith, compassion, empathy, and courage. We need evil as our adversary to become the people we ought to be. We don’t grow and develop as much when life is good and easy.
We must acknowledge that all exists because of God, and this includes evil. However, we cannot lose hope because in spite of that evil, His light will always shine. We can look to it for guidance, for our path, for life itself. We can depend on it better than our own reckoning and competence. Yes, there is evil. Yes, we can find evil everywhere, including within the Church. But God is ever present. He is. That’s it. He is. And in Him we find our hope for He will never be overcome.