“Put on the full of armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
The evil perpetuated by the devil is schemed. It emerges from a methodology (“method” being the Greek origin of “scheme”); it is planned, calculated; deliberate. In contrast, the work of God is open; it is done in the light; it is transparent. Jesus never schemes to gain our allegiance. He, in fact, challenges us to count the cost before we would follow after him. When the commitment is made, however, we must counter the deliberate evil of this world with deliberate expressions of all things good, right, and holy.