Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
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The Trouble With Human Good

As a Christian we see a lot that goes on in the world that bothers us. We see innocent children suffering. We see women abused and used by unappreciative societies and evil men. We see greed run amuck at many levels. As we observe these ills of our society we may ask ourselves, “Where is God in all this?” Why doesn’t God intervene?

In the midst of us calling God out on these things we may not be aware of what’s behind our thinking. Before putting this kind of questioning before the Almighty, we might ask what would we do? We might ask ourselves what has God instructed us to do regarding governing a people so that they are protected from wrong doers and that wrong doers are rightly held accountable for their crimes. And if men are not rightly punished for their crimes, who is to blame? Is it God, or is it those in positions of leadership who do not punish their fellowman for their crimes against society? If we will not govern ourselves as instructed in Rom.13:1-7, we will reap the whirlwind of unrestrained sin and evil.

Before judging the One who created the universe, and all the good that is in it, good I remind you that man has been bent on spoiling since living in the Garden of Eden, ask yourself if the kind of wrongs you see don’t reside in you at some level. Do you have the tiniest seed of hate, lust and greed abiding in you? Why then wouldn’t you judge God for not judging you?

We may not realize how much we question the righteous judgments of the Lord. We may not realize how much we blame God for the ills mankind creates daily. We may not realize we are comparing our human good with the righteousness of God.

In the Garden of Eden,Adam and Eve enjoyed one another’s company plus fellowship with the Lord. But not long after they were created and living in harmony with one another and the Lord, the Tempter came along and spoiled it all. He appealed to something potentially harmful inside our first parents, he appealed to their potential for disobedience and to their human good and he won.

Once sin and human good were awakened, once the switch was turned on, and I mean turned on for all generations of humans to follow as per Rom.5:12, immediately Adam and Eve started judging themselves, and one other from a false standard of righteousness, which is what human good is.

What was right with God before the fall was no longer right with them. What was wrong according to the word of the Lord was no longer considered wrong to them. Since that day every human being has searched his or her own heart for a standard of right and wrong. And since that day men have argued in favor of their own standards of right and wrong. Men feel compelled to agree with themselves rather than the word of God on many issues including the issue of judging God when God doesn’t respond to situations like men think he should. God asked Job this question in Job 40:8,“Wilt thou also annul my judgment? Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Men have reversed the scriptures where God told Isaiah, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa.55:8-9

This passage is preceded with the command from the Lord in v.7 calling for the wicked to forsake his ways, and the unrighteous his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord.

The trouble with human good is that we use it not just to judge people by our standards, but to judge God by our standards. If we learn Bible doctrine we will learn that there is no standard higher than the word of God.

The Pastor
October 2012