Man is good, except for most of the time
I saw a Christian, on social media, quoting Ronald Reagan. And the quote was, “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.” I enjoyed listening to Mr. Reagan. He delivered engaging and entertaining speeches. But that time he was wrong. [powerpress_player]
To say man is good is to totally ignore history.
And if you’re a Christian, you know (or should know) Jesus Himself said the total opposite. And who are you gonna believe? Ronald Reagan? Or Jesus? (I hope that’s a rhetorical question, but I’m not so sure.)
History books are laid out on the framework of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. And day-to-day news is played out the same way. Human beings murder other human beings with heartbreaking ferocity. And the voracious lust for blood seems to be increasing with each new year.
How could anyone dare say man is good?
And yet, there are potentially redeemable qualities in each and every one. Otherwise, I don’t believe Jesus would have suffered such a tortured death. He created us. And His desire is that none of us should perish. So, He willingly allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross, high on a hill where everyone could see. And He endured an agonizing, humiliating death just so you and I could live forever.
But if man was truly good, that would’ve never happened.
Now, I get it. Maybe you want to choose to see the good in everyone. And if you’re doing that with the same motive as Jesus, fine. But I know most people who say man is good are just ignorant (willfully most times) of the truth. And remember, it’s the Truth that’ll set you free. Not what you feel like is true. But what IS true. Say that.
If I Didn’t Know Better
If I didn’t know better, I’d say you were right,
When you said what you said that dark and fateful night.
But you got it all wrong when you said, “man is good.”
And that’s a conclusion I’ve never understood.
If I didn’t know better, I’d say that you care.
But a person who knows the Truth would never share
Anything contrary to what our Maker said.
So, it’s vital to get the truth into your head.
If I didn’t know better, I’d leave it alone.
And I’d shelter myself inside my comfort zone.
But I know it’s essential to rightly divide
The Word of Truth with the world that just wants to hide.
© 2020 Tony Funderburk
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