My Musings – In the movie Hondo (one of my favorites), John Wayne plays a scout for the U.S. Calvary in the old west. A man with a clear sense of what is right, honest, and just and having little tolerance for what is wrong, deceitful or unjust. There are many memorable lines in the movie, but one in particular stands out to me. “A man ought to do what he thinks is right.”
Unfortunately, what we think is right is not always the best guide. In a society where right is relative, the truth is tentative and justice is just “if”, what we think might not always be the best guide. Sad that it has come to this. But when we think about it for awhile, it really has been like that since the garden. The forbidden “fruit” seemed so right, but was so wrong.
For a long time now, what has seemed right to man is, if the “good” in one’s life outweighs the “bad,” then things should work out okay for the afterlife. But in many cases, what was once considered “bad” is now considered okay or depends on the circumstances. So what standard should one use for determining if the “good” outweighs the “bad?” Is it a different standard for different people depending when they lived and the standards that seemed right then? Is it a different standard for different people depending on what seems right to them?
The reality is that there is only one standard. We are all playing in God’s “sandbox” and He made the rules. What’s more, the rules never change. What was right, truthful and just in the garden is right, truthful and just today. What was wrong, deceitful and unjust when God handed down the laws, are still wrong, deceitful and unjust today. We couldn’t keep one rule in the garden and we can’t keep a multitude of laws now. In fact, breaking one law, even the most “insignificant,” is the same as breaking all of them, even the most “egregious.” How could that possibly work out for the “good” outweighing the “bad?”
The reality is they never could. They were never intended to. There is “no one who does good, no not one.” No matter what seems right to man, it will always lead to death. What then is the answer? It has always been about grace, extended to man only through Jesus Christ.
My Advice – Go for the grace. You’ll never have to wonder if your “good” was good enough. You’ll never have to worry if Christ’s good was good enough. If it wasn’t He would never have risen from the grave. But He conquered the grave, He conquered death. As a result, He can offer life to all who will believe and receive. Now that seems right to me.