Good and Bad
Greetings, my dear peoples. Christmas is around the corner and, to my despair, people are as grumpy and annoyed as ever.
Holiday Spirit at its finest, my friends…
I confess, I’ve not been so joyful either. A lack of sleep has left me in some kind of distant and dazed state where the days roll by and I am either in a somewhat pleasant mood, or a very-not-so-pleasant mood, and only a little aware of time passing. Similar to being in love I would guess, only without the flighty feelings and romantic moments, (I am creating this definition based on the song Blue Skies –Ella Fitzgerald– when it refers to the “days hurrying by.” I like that song,).
That aside, I have a point that has been spinning around in my head.
In my dazed state I’ve been watching people and seeing how they react to things. Good things. Bad things. All things. I stand and watch them, perhaps in a creepy way since I openly stare half the time, and wonder why they are they way that they are.
People that are rude—how do they justify it?
People that are kind—are they kind because they were shown kindness?
People that back-stab—do they realize what they do?
People that are giving—were they given much?
I watch and wonder; pondering what these people experienced to bring their lives to the point they are at. We know that for every action there is a reaction. For everything we do there is a consequence. How we treat someone may not affect us, but the action caused a reaction in their life. Do we even stop to think what we may be doing to someone else?
I often hear people talk about the evil in this world. With these conversations there is talk of good as well. The Good and Bad of this world confuse people.”Why do bad things happen to good people?” We ask this all the time—though not always in those words. We’ve found new ways to say it, but in the end we are all asking the same thing.
“Why are the good people suffering while bad people prosper?”
The fact of the matter is, deep down, all of us are Bad. It’s in our nature. We are all sinful beings.
10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
Human beings are Bad. We are this way because of the very beginning. Sin entered a world that was meant to be sinless and perfect. We are doomed from birth to be sinners. It is in our nature. In our DNA. Passed down for generations. We can’t do any special ritual to save ourselves from our own darkness. We are all bad people. No one can be called “good.” Bad things happen to all of us because no matter how good we are we each have a dark speck inside out goodness. And in those who are all darkness there is a speck of goodness.
No one is without light. And no one is without darkness.
That is what I believe at least…
It is like Yin-Yang.
Though this symbol is used as an explanation of balance in life, its also a picture of how people are. We are good, but not purely good. We are bad, but not purely bad.
This world runs on the same level. The world and everything in it glorifies the evil and darkness that is this life. It encourages us to fall on our faces in the dark time and time again. To be tempted, to sin, to enjoy it, and then regret it, only to do it again later. Again and again we fall and fail and sin. Even those people who we look up to have bad spots. No one is perfect. No one is holy. No one is worth being saved.
And to our surprise God was fully aware of this. He knows we can’t be Good. He knows we are, by nature, Bad. Sinful. On a path to death. Because of this we were given a free pass into eternal life. A life that this world was supposed to be before evil came and devoured us.
So! Here we are. Sinful. Dead. Roaming aimlessly. Judging each other. Hurting one another. Giving into our temptations left and right with no hope.
Oh… do I dare tell you about my hope? Do I dare open my mouth and give you the small gift we— you and me and your neighbor and the people in other countries—were given?
I think I dare.
Here it is.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Wait a minute! There has to be more to it than that! What about all the rules? The commandments? The threat of Hell when we fail?
Well, yeah. We try to do good, but we can’t. That’s why the sacrifice of Jesus happened. To save us when nothing else could. Don’t worry, Jesus rose again from the dead and is very much alive.
Here is another piece of hope for you. This is Jesus talking—
37 All those the Father gives me will come to me,
and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will
but to do the will of him who sent me.
39 And this is the will of him who sent me,
that I shall lose none of all those he has given me,
but raise them up at the last day.
40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son
and believes in him shall have eternal life,
and I will raise them up at the last day.”
So you see, you can’t be “unsaved.” You won’t be abandoned. That, my friends, is a great gift.
I’ve noticed that different churches lay down different rules to create their own religion. If you don’t wash your feet you’re banished. If you don’t cover your head you’re damned. If you don’t recite these poems you’ll never see Heaven.
There is only ONE PATH TO HEAVEN and this world has cleverly used the Church itself to hide the truth.
It is not our secret to keep.
Eternal life is gained only by believing that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came down to live as a man and died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice to forgive us of our sins. For only by the shedding of blood can sins be forgiven, and God himself came down to rescue us from sin. Because of this act we no longer need to present sacrifice to Him on an alter. We no longer need to follow strict rules. We need only believe in the One True God. The God who died for our sins and rose again three days later.
The hope of eternal life, given to us as a free gift by God himself through his son, Jesus. Forgiveness for all our sins—past, present, and future. Everything we’ve done and will do, wiped clean as if it never happened.
I can’t believe God thought we humans were worth such a gift. We can have eternal life with Him even though we are doomed to sin no matter how hard we try. His grace and love overwhelm me sometimes and lately I want nothing more than to share about it.
But in being an Introvert, I explain things better through writing. Thus, this post.
Well… this was your Christmas present from me. We all have pain, doubts, and troubles. I’m no better than anyone else, you see? I come by my sin honestly and try only to become a better human being. I know I will never be perfect, and I know God is in control of my life, and that He has a plan for me. I may never know the plan, but if I could live in such a way that even one lost soul finds redemption because of me, all my life is worth it.
Because of this, in the chaos and stress of the Holidays, I can sit back, drink my tea, and relax in the moment.
There are greater things in this world than presents, food, and new years.
I pray all who read this will be blessed. You are each of you my family—both the lost and found. So may you have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and a hope that lasts into eternity.