November 23, 2010
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20
At first, I was going to skip over the article.
It was just one more story about how the American Humanist Association (AHA) was launching a national multimedia advertising campaign challenging fundamentalist Christians and how they misuse the Bible.
The article seemed like a repeat of so many other past attacks made by AHA. Let's see there have been the billboards and the bus signs and all kinds of mini-campaigns for which the press gives them maximum exposure.
But that kind of devotion would have been boring.
Yup, I was going to skip over the article until I read the last line of the story. It said that humanism is the idea you can be good without a belief in God, says AHA.
Being good without God. If AHA's definition of "good" means that most of them haven't murdered anybody lately, I suppose they're good. If it means they haven't cheated on their taxes, I imagine some of them are good.
But if they mean really, really good, well, the members of AHA fall short on that one. How do I know? Well, they keep attacking a God in whom they don't believe and they spend a lot of time trying to mess with the faith of those who do.
That's not being very good, is it?
The truth is as Scripture says, "there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins." You sin, I sin, even the very best person who will ever live cannot escape being a sinner.
This is why, in spite of what AHA says, all of us need a Savior. We need a Savior to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. We need Someone to pay the price of redemption and reunite the Heavenly Father with His wandering children.
This, Jesus has done for the good people, the pretty good people, and the really bad people. Because of the Savior's offering of Himself, because He has paid the price of our ransom in full, there is forgiveness and salvation for all who believe. All.
Including AHA, if the Holy Spirit brings them to faith.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, in every generation and in every land there have always been those who think they're good. Compared to other humans they may be fine folk, but they fall far short of Your perfection. If possible, dear Lord, let these folks see themselves as You do. Then, when they are convicted of their un-goodness, may they see the Savior. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries