Thinking – Go Figure
Irish Statesman Edmund Burke said:“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” [source]
And so Satan is fast at work to redefine evil to good, so good men and women will do nothing. (See Isaiah 5:20)
Truth. It is not my delight, or even comfort, to cause others to feel bad about themselves. And yet if we fail to carefully and correctly evaluate ourselves, not in comparison to one another, but to the Living Christ, we have missed the whole point of this earthly journey.
And have not I done a disservice if I placate others to feel good about themselves rather than pointing them to the only Standard of Character and Conduct that eternally matters? What if all their lives they continue feeling good about themselves, never comparing their character and conduct to the One who will one day judge their character and conduct? What kind of friend does that? What kind of friend has bread, sees another without bread and gives not bread to him (her)?
16 and someone says to him, “Shalom! Keep warm and eat hearty!” without giving him what he needs, what good does it do? [source] James 2:16
And you know the profound thing about it? Once, we admit our depraved nature to the Righteous One He changes us so we never have to feel bad about ourselves again. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17)
So tell me what’s so bad about helping someone see their conduct and character in light of JESUS CHRIST when HE offers them a New Character and New Conduct that HE, Himself, has judged to be good, acceptable and perfect? Go figure!