Evil exists and it’s powerful.
It’s not something far away, but very close to us.
If we aren’t actively trying to root it out, it will destroy us.
Mike Tyson hasn’t lived a saintly life. He has done all kinds of bad things and has hurt many people along the way (and I don’t just mean by TKO). At some point in his life, the powers of evil began to win out, and, to his own admission, they almost killed him. However, these days something has changed. Mike Tyson is taking serious steps towards sanctity!
Recently, Tyson was interviewed about a two decade old feud with Teddy Atlas in which he now asked for forgiveness for the disturbing things that he said he would do to Atlas’ 11 year old daughter. In the process, Tyson revealed aspects of his own struggle with evil, not abstract or social evils, but the evil desires in his own soul. At one point he says, “I’m negative, I’m dark, I want to do bad stuff.” In his blunt honesty, I can’t help but think how much he sounds like St. Paul who wrote in his letter to the Romans, “The good I will, I do not do. The very evil I hate, that I do.”
Tyson wants to change. He says: “I was wrong and I’m sorry”, “I’m a bad guy sometimes … and I want to be forgiven”, “I want to live a different life now…”, and, finally and perhaps most revealing,
“I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days and for me that’s a miracle. i’ve been lying to everybody who thinks I was sober, but I’m not. It’s my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.”
This is someone worth praying for. Change doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a lifetime. And like the rest of us, with God’s help, Mike Tyson can change and become a better person. He can count on me being in his corner to cheer him on in what is really the ‘fight of his life’, the fight to overcome evil and become the man God created him to be.
By the way, how’s your fight going?
Check out the interview here: