"For Goodness Sake"
November 17, 2008
For the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Genesis 8:21b
"... a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds."
According to Fred Edwords, spokesman for a Washington-based humanist group, the above comment what we Christians need. To help us along, they are conducting an advertising campaign where signs on the sides of buses ask, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness sake."
Of course, the American humanists need to be thanked. Their slogan is much more mild than the British Humanist Association which has begun a campaign saying, "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."
Both campaigns leave me somewhat concerned - questioning, if you prefer.
To the American humanists who are encouraging us to be "good for goodness sake," I wonder if they have met many people who are consistently good because it's the right thing to do?
From what I see in preparing our daily devotions, the Bible is correct when it says the intention of our hearts are evil from our youth.
We can try to be good, but we don't do so good - at being good, that is.
To the British humanists who maintain, "There's probably no God...." I'd like someone to answer this question: "But what if there is a God?" He's probably not going to be overly pleased with a bunch of folks running around questioning His being.
And for both groups, I'd like to have them respond to the statement found in the book of Psalms (53:1a). You don't have to look it up. It says, "The fool says in his heart, 'there is no God.'"
You see, looking around at the evil in this world and inside me, I find it far easier and better to believe there is a God, and that this God cares enough about my eternity to send His Son to save me.
Understand this, I'm not trying to be nasty or judgmental. I'm just trying to plant a seed of rational thought, critical thinking, and questioning in the minds of humanists.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for sending Your Son into this world to live, die, rise and intercede for me, I am most thankful. Now, I pray that You will send Your Holy Spirit upon those who are spending so much time fighting against a God they say doesn't exist. If it be possible, call them to faith in their Savior. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.
NOTE: Many thanks to Eric Gates for sending me the reference that led to the creation of this Daily Devotion.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries