You ever find yourself doing the wrong things for what seems the right reason? When I was a child, I had a tri-cycle; riding that cycle was the greatest feeling in the world, but riding it down several stairs was incredibly reckless and dangerous. That was my mothers view anyway; to me it was the right thing to do at the time, even though my mother hasn’t stopped screaming yet!
Doing wrong things for the right reasons seems to be very popular these days. We want cheap labor; so, we allow illegal aliens to come across our boarders virtually unopposed. We see a need for slightly better healthcare, we redesign the entire system. We see some folks having a hard time with finding jobs; we give them two years to find work, all the while receiving a check from the government. We see some who might be having a hard time putting food on the table; we lessen the requirements to qualify for food stamps for the poor and many others who really could pay their own way.
Because we call ourselves Christian, should we do the wrong things so we may look to the world as righteous? Is it better to feel good on the inside with our actions than do the right thing for everyone concerned, which in the end, might not make us feel so great? The old adage, “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, he will feed himself for a lifetime”. Shouldn’t we be motivating folks into doing better for themselves? Shouldn’t we be teachers of life instead of enabling our neighbors into doing the wrong things for the seemingly right reasons just to make us feel better about ourselves?
Paul wrote in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 3, verse 10. “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” Was Paul being mean, or was he being practical for his day and time? Paul being one of the greatest Christians of all time made a statement that sends many well-intentioned folk into screaming fits. And just like me riding down those steps so many years ago on my tri-cycle; they can’t accept the notion, giving away our nation, just isn’t a good idea, no matter how much we scream!