When my dad lived in England he recommended going to the theatre. His favorite was Les Miserables. I told him that I was only vaguely familiar with Victor Hugo and asked for a quick synopsis. This is what he told me:
It is a story about a man so obsessed with justice that he becomes unjust and a man though guilty of injustice, finds mercy and becomes just.
Here is a 1935 film clip of the scene of a man who is defined as ‘bad’ who is given ‘good’.
The response of the bad is to serve himself, even though it hurts the good. The response of the good is to deny himself and do good to the bad. The result? In this case the bad becomes good.
1 Peter 3:17-18 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. (18) For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God
God is not found in evil, but he is found amongst the evil. He is there to remove evil, by merciful redemption if at all possible. Like Jean in the story, the invitation is to come in through the door, the way is open.