Monday, June 14, 2010

The Proverbs: The Goodness Effect - June 14, 2010

Proverbs 11:5-11 (New Century Version)
5 The goodness of the innocent makes life easier, but the wicked will be destroyed by their wickedness.

6 Doing right brings freedom to honest people, but those who are not trustworthy will be caught by their own desires.

7 When the wicked die, hope dies with them; their hope in riches will come to nothing.

8 The good person is saved from trouble; it comes to the wicked instead.

9 With words an evil person can destroy a neighbor, but a good person will escape by being resourceful.

10 When good people succeed, the city is happy. When evil people die, there are shouts of joy.

11 Good people bless and build up their city, but the wicked can destroy it with their words.

Proverbs 11:10-11 (New Living Translation)
10 The whole city celebrates when the godly succeed; they shout for joy when the wicked die.

11 Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.

Do you know what is missing in our society today is "goodness"? When was the last time you heard that your child's school was teaching about "goodness"? When was the last time you had a seminar at work about "goodness"?

Moral charater, righteousness, right-living, "goodness" is all relative these days, meaning that it is in the "eye of the beholder". You can especially see and hear that in our media and in the orations of our politicians, but I don't only site them. We need only to observe what happens in our normal day, to see how "goodness" is lacking in much of what we do.

What has caused our world to abandon "goodness" for the most part is an unknown, meaning that in society's terms, you can't point to a single factor. Is it because of political correctness that has robbed us of our sensibilities? Is it because what was considered vile and vulgar in the past, is now seen as acceptable? Is it because we have developed a tolerance for wrong and now call it right? Is it the fact that we relegated God to take on a very minor role in our lives? Or is it something else?

I maintain that with good people, there is still alot of room for "goodness", and the result of "goodness" is a better world to live in. The problem is that in the past we did not have to wonder whether or not "goodness" and good things were being passed on to our children. Today, we need to first teach "goodness" at home, by living it out in our families, and extending that to the communities we live in. At the same time we need to hold our educators and our politicians to emulating "goodness" in their teaching and governance.

It is time for good people to stand up for "goodness", and expect it in everything we do. If we set a new standard for a society based on "goodness", we can expect that the world around us will change.

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