by Gray Graham
Good people are good people. Bad people are bad people. It really is that simple. We spend way too much time making it more complicated than that. Bad trees do not bear good fruit.
We often see people try to explain away the behavior of bad people. We have a long grocery list of all the reasons and excuses for why their bad actions are okay. We try to find that magically spiel that will turn a lifelong bad person into a good person. Sorry my friend it just doesn’t happen that way.
See good people are good people. It doesn’t matter who the good person is they are going to be good because that is what good people do. Every good person has the same opportunity to be bad as a bad person has to be good; they just choose to be good instead.
Too many people today are too caught up in the package the good person comes wrapped; whether it has a pink, bronze, beige, or hickory bow. If the good person comes in the wrong package then we want to reject it even though it may be exactly what we need at that moment.
When you fight against something so bad; that seems like it is winning, you inevitably start thinking that bad is right. But you don’t want bad you want good so you need bad people to become good. It is only natural that you think you have to convert bad people because everyone wants to be good, right?
The problem is defining what is good. It is suppose to be easy when you share the same faith as another person. You can look to that faith as a guide to define right and wrong at least in theory. This is probably easier with other religions than say with Christianity which in our society is a personal thing. Many people claim the title of Christian but few Christians actually hold the same beliefs on a number of important issues. Historically people that identified as Christians have believed that killing Native Americans was good, enslaving Africans was good, and burning witches at the stake was good.
Since we are on touchy subjects let me point out that family and friends do not get a get-out-being- bad-free card. Too many people overlook the bad things family and friends do because they are family and friends. Just because you like or even love a person does not excuse their bad behavior. You can love a person that is still a thief, liar, racist, bigot, rapist, or murderer. You should not excuse their behavior just to keep the family together no matter what.
There are so many good people in this world that definitely could use our love and support. Encouragement and fellowship are keys to having a good soul and strong faith. There is nothing like having good people praying for you; helping you deal with life’s ups and downs. These are the types of nurturing relationships we should be seeking and not the one’s where we are trying to make someone change.
People come to God in their own time. We might be ready for someone to make that big change in their life but they are not quite ready to make that leap. Instead of depleting our energy trying to overcome their negative we should instead trust that when they want to find God, He will be right there waiting for them and that relationship will last a lifetime.
See when someone wants to be good there is not a force in this world that will keep them from trying. No obstacle will be too large or too great. They will endure whatever it takes to accomplish their righteous task.
We have to learn to accept people where they are in life and we need to understand that everyone does not have the desire to be good. For a lot of people that is something that holds no value for them. Well at least the Bible’s version of good that I follow in my life. For others it may be something else. I hear money is important to a lot of people.
I prefer good people and the righteousness of God. Others have the choice to decide what is important to them. Pray that the path they choose will one day lead them to God.
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