As I wrap up sharing my thoughts on culture, I must address a significant issue that relates to the Culture war in America and the war between cultures globally. Being a Pastor in a military town and having members in our church that have helped to kill people in war, I have studied quite a bit on what the Bible has to say about war. I have come to understand that God values the lives of people and thus war is necessary in order to protect as many people as possible through defense and through offense in order to establish peace. Yet, I notice an attitude among believers, particularly conservative believers that is altogether untrue: That we are the "good guys"..... and they are the "bad guys". Additionally, living in one of the most politically conservative towns in the nation, I see this attitude regarding moral issues in America.
Do I believe that the actions of ISIS are bad and that those guys need to be stopped at almost all costs? Yes
Do I believe that abortion is wrong and the general spirit behind it's promotion is selfish and bad? Yes
Do I believe that there are issues that divide this country and the reality is that there is a good side and a bad side? Yes
But, we are not the good guys. Believing that we are the good guys lends itself (I would say 99.9% of the time) to thinking that we naturally know what is good and right and thus that all of our motives are correct. This is simply untrue for anyone who breathes and is something that Christians should be aware of if they read the Bible, which we proclaim to believe is the source of truth.
Does any of this diminish the need for good and the actions that might need to follow that need? Absolutely not. What I am suggesting is: there are those out there with incorrect motives in fighting for good which are rooted in the pride that we are the good guys. We stand for good, we fight for good, we live for good but we are not the ones that are good.
"And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. (Matthew 19:16-17a)
Has doing good things or being on the good side of issues misled you to believe that you are one of the good guys? How has this incorrect view caused you to pursue yourself more than God?