“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
Its an order, not a suggestion for salvation. Pick up your cross and follow Him. He is the road map to salvation. He is the road. He is the way and the truth and the light. He is Jesus Christ. He is the only way to the Father. He is life.
In order to defeat evil, Christ shows us the way. The battle of good VS evil is a “Civil War” of good & evil in each individual soul that needs to be won for the common good of all humanity and can be because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a “Civil War” in each soul that makes itself known in our actions towards one another. If you love sin and the evil inside how can you love one another as He so loves us? The battle is raging inside and is need of attention because its spilling onto the streets of society.
The war is not with your “neighbor” but yourself.