For Goodness Sake

Monday, December 7, 2009

It’s hard to find a city more beautiful at Christmas than New York. I witnessed the glitz and glamour of the Big Apple last weekend. Department stores display extravagantly designed windows. An enormous lighted tree adorns Rockefeller Plaza and stands guard over the ice skaters in the rink below. Little Italy celebrated the season with a parade featuring floats, bands, and performances. Bundled evergreens line the sidewalks ready for purchase by city dwellers. Churches and cathedrals promoted their sacred concerts and special programs, and chestnuts were actually roasting on open fires! Yes, the city that never sleeps provides a sensation for the senses at Christmas time.

Unfortunately, the American Humanist Association launched an advertising campaign in New York on Thanksgiving weekend that promotes the idea of being good without God. What an attempt to dampen the spirit of Christians celebrating the reason for the season. Ads blazoned on city buses feature smiling individuals with Santa hats on proclaiming “No God?...No Problem!” Some rail cars and buses feature the slogan, “Be good for Goodness’ Sake.” Humanists hold that you can be good without a belief in God.

It is comforting to know the author of Goodness is God. As God spoke creation into existence, He saw that it was good. God created goodness. The very first sin was committed when Eve saw the forbidden fruit was “good and pleasing to the eye.” She and Adam wanted to find their own “goodness.” Isn’t that what humanists are doing? Instead of acknowledging the goodness of God, they are promoting their own goodness, goodness without God. Now I believe anyone, believers and non-believers can do good deeds and demonstrate kindness, but the real root of goodness is found in God. It is worth noting that the original Saxon meaning for the English word “God” is “The Good.” The expression, “Thank Goodness!” is a euphemism for “Thank God!”

As humanists attempt to create new holiday tradition that leaves out the Christ of Christmas, we must be the living examples of the goodness of God. Let us be good and do good in Jesus’ name.

Be Good-
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9).
The Bible is our instruction book for righteousness or right living. By following it, we can learn to be good, like God.
Do Good –
"But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you" (Luke 6:27-28).

Christ expects us to do good to everyone even our enemies.

In this stressful but glorious season let us practice doing good to others through our kindness, thankfulness, peace, patience, cheerfulness, and love.

Be good for Goodness’ sake!


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