Good Spoken of as Evil

Good Spoken of as Evil

Romans 14:15-19 – For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. 

Oftentimes, we are doing a good thing but because of this evil, sinful, fallen world, we get attacked for it.

I saw this happen recently. I have a friend who’s a dad and lives out of state and he called recently and was telling me about a situation that happened at his daughter’s school.

She’s 10 and the school gave her class an explicit sex ed curriculum telling them things they should try on other boys and girls. To me, it’s just grooming for pedophilia.

She comes home and, she has a good mom and dad, and she’s like what the heck? As a Christian, can you “receive” that curriculum? Absolutely not. And there’s no way to redeem it. You must reject it.

The dad prays over his daughter and kisses her on the head and says “Honey, I’m so sorry about this.” Obviously, he doesn’t want his daughter being sexualized at 10 years old.

So, he goes into the principal’s office and is very respectful about it and says, “We’re Christians, so I can’t allow my daughter to start being indoctrinated sexually by someone we don’t even know with a curriculum we don’t agree with.”

The principal said, and I quote, “You’re acting like a patriarch and a chauvinist and you’re oppressing your daughter.” That right there is good being spoken of as evil.

The dad is just trying to be a dad and protect his daughter. After all, the child was given to him, not the school. I’ve never seen a school or a government birth a child. The Bible is very clear that parents will give an account for their kid. When did being a dad become an evil thing?

As Christians, rather than speaking “Hell up”, partaking of the evils of this world and bringing the culture of Hell into the world, we are instead to live “Kingdom down”, living in a way that reflects the Heavenly Kingdom God is preparing for us after this life. As people who are inhabited by the Holy Spirit, this is our true calling as a Christian.

What have you seen in this world that is good but is spoken of as evil?

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Mark Driscoll
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