Good // God

It has been shown that there is a 75 percent cringe to encouragement ratio when it comes to church signs.  This stat is a complete lie but I think I have found it to be true in my experience.

Most of these sign's aren't helpful.  Here are a few cringeworthy examples: 

                                   At least their honest I guess?

                                   At least their honest I guess?

                                               Nope.  This doesn't make you relevant. 

                                               Nope.  This doesn't make you relevant. 

                                        Ummmm...you might want to be a tad more specific

                                        Ummmm...you might want to be a tad more specific

Wow! Tell us how you really feel.  Also is this for both males and females cause if so...I'm in trouble.

Wow! Tell us how you really feel.  Also is this for both males and females cause if so...I'm in trouble.

There are like, 1,000,00 more hilarious ones that I could have posted but most of them are so laced with sexual innuendos I will have to leave it up to you to read them for yourself.

Anyway, I was riding my bike the other day and passed a church sign near my home.  It read, "There is a vast difference between being good and being Godly."  At first it didn't really mean much to me but then I started thinking more about it and I was all like, "Hey, wait, I'm not so sure that makes sense!?" 

If I'm reading my Bible correctly in Genesis, LITERALLY on the 1st page God begins making creation and after each day he makes something he declares it "Good."  UHHHHH GOD.......I think you meant GODLY!  Cause apparently there is a vast difference between what is good and what is "Godly."

I just got back from a beautiful conference called "Q" where we discussed how we can partner in all areas of the world (education, media, business, arts, church, social justice, government) to work together for the common GOOD.

I think I'm getting tired of watching people slap the tag of "Godly" or "Christian" on things that aren't even good.  Crappy music, bad art, unhealthy churches, shoddy work, "christian" politicians, etc.  

I sometimes find myself drawn more to God through a beautiful song than "christian" one.  I find myself in awe of God's beauty when I am in a well designed space not just a church building.  I am moved emotionally when a person does a sacrificial act of love even through they might not claim to follow Jesus.

I think the reason for this is because these things are Good.  God is love and if love is displayed it has to have some root in Him.  God created beauty and sound and if there is something beautiful or pleasing to the ear there must be a hint of God in it.

I understand that as a follower of Christ I am to do everything to the glory of God, but I don't think that means I have to put a "Christian" label on everything I do.  I can just do Good, which might include a whole range of things in my day, and know that if Good was Good enough for God, it might just be Good enough for me.

 

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  Ecclesiastes 3:12