I have often watched and listened as people undertake what they think is good. They always have a reason for undertaking a particular action or actions and the reasons often override the outcome. The world also has a method for doing good deeds, "good intentions are all that count", and the Christian world too often copies the secular world in deciding upon their next cause.
In the Christian world if our intentions are good and if it is seen as a Biblical act, we often proceed as if no wrong can come of it. We send young people out as missionaries as long as they pay their way…very little training. We help someone in need to the point of enabling…this is why poverty and addictions continue.
Many congregations are established to help others as their only mission. They spend all of their collective time on teaching and training their young people to help the needy, so it becomes more important to find someone to help than it is to study the Bible.
Dennis Prager stated that he once asked his Rabbi about good and evil and his Rabbi replied that he had his evil inclination under careful watch; it was his good inclination that caused the most trouble for himself and others. It is in our doing good that we often do the most harm. We need to learn how to do good well.
Published on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ 4:19 AM CDT