To the Amish, evil is evil, and the source of evil is the devil, for whom they have a healthy respect. Traditional sayings make the devil sound active and nearly ever-present: “Speak of the devil and you’ll hear the flop of his wings. Or, “You need not call the devil, he’ll come without calling.”
And no one is immune to temptation: “Even a saint is tempted by an open door.”
Pride…now that’s a behavior that is taken very seriously. Many proverbs warn of pride that leads to disaster: “The crowing hen comes to no good end” or “Nothing in front and nothing behind” (when a person is proud and has nothing to be proud of).
But the focus of Amish life is not solely on avoiding temptation, but on pleasing God: conforming to his will, living a faithful life, and hoping for an eternity in his presence.
After all, “the best way to escape evil is to pursue good.”