The power to be good. We don’t have any. None. Not one ounce of power to be good as defined by a holy God. Not a smidgen. We can’t love. We can’t be righteous. We can’t begin to obey commandment number 1. Jesus says that the number 1 commandment is number 1 along with the command to love your neighbor as yourself. If we grade on a curve, of course, we can compare ourselves to one another and out perform one another on the “good” scale:
“Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself and the rest is commentary. Now go and study.” That’s beautiful. The rest is commentary. In other words, what’s everything? Everything is behavior.Judaism has this great teaching. Behavior is everything. And Christians believe that. I know faith is everything. But its Christian belief that faith without works is dead. Right? You say you believe, but you don’t act as if you believe then maybe you really don’t believe. Bottom line, non-theologically, in real life, we both agree, behavior is still the determinant. God wants us to be good. What’s so complex about that? Because I know if God doesn’t want us to be good, we won’t be good.” Dennis Prager
Tonight I listened to the live stream of the Dennis Prager, Jeff Foxworthy and Ravi Zacharias talk entitled “The Death of Truth and the Decline of Culture”. Many things said tonight were quote-worthy, and I encourage anyone reading to go to the link and watch the recording. The issues were profound and thought-provoking, but more than that, confronting the issues we face as a culture is humbling. Its humbling when we are powerless. We are powerless to help others be good and we soon discover we are powerless to be good ourselves. In Isaiah 53, it says “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” So, what do we do when we are humbled by this?
– First – James 4:10 says “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” Being humble before the Lord, our Shepherd, means that we are teachable.
– Second – Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Be still and listen for the voice of the Shepherd.
– Third – 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” Come to the Shepherd for cleansing and healing.
“The poisonous lie in the system is that you think you can violate the boundaries that God has set and find happiness, and it’s simply not true. Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. Pleasure without God, without the sacred boundaries will actually make you more empty than before. The lonliest people in this world are amongst the wealthiest and the most famous who found no boundaries in which to live.” – Ravi Zacharias