Good Gone Bad
Have you ever noticed how totally uncool it is to be good these days? As a 17-year old I find this way of thinking rampant in my peers. It’s almost a cliché or taboo to be sweet or kind. Innocence is degraded and purity is made fun of. What kind of generation are we that looks at these attributes in such a way? Are we so cynical and hardened that some of the very attributes of Christ are shunned? Is a cold and bitter heart to be valued above compassion and love? Is the person with a sarcastic and sharp tongue more intelligent than one who chooses to hold their own? Certainly not! 

I recently had the opportunity to speak with a lady that has been a part of Church summer camps for many years who has also taught nearly every age in public school. She is currently a librarian at a high school in Texas and she made a comment about how things used to be. She spoke of the fun they used to have at camp, just good clean fun. The skits were never perverted or embarrassing, just genuinely funny. As a teacher, the other teachers used to wish they would have the “church kids” in their classroom. But now? She gets complaints about the “church kids.” Sadly, I’m not surprised. It seems like they are as bad, if not worse, than most of the other kids in the class! This shouldn’t be! We are supposed to be the salt of the earth, a light to the world. We’re supposed to represent truth, purity, honesty and the love of God. Are we doing this? Is the light of Christ shining through us like a clear window or are we distorting the light? Are we even a window? Are some of us doors, only letting Christ shine when we feel comfortable enough to open up? Are some of us walls, without a single ray of anything Christ-like passing through us? How sad it is that we, the up and coming generations, are such poor examples of God-fearing people. How truly depressing it is that we shun what is good and elevate what is evil. 

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” And Romans 12:2 and 9 say, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will…Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” 

So what will you stand for? Purity, truth, sincerity, and compassion or disrespect, cynicism, bitterness and anger? Will you be a window, a door or a wall for Christ? 

Elizabeth Puckett
Excerpted from More Than That,  August, 2004