The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Sunday, January 5, 2014

How good are we?


It is popular today to argue that we are good people and given the chance we will all do right. Yet, various studies show that between 75% and 98% of college students admit to having cheated while in high school. A recent study revealed that 95% of all employees steal from their employees. Over 50% of married people admit to cheating on their spouse. Maybe we are not all good people. Writing over 3,000 years ago, the Psalmist would have agreed with 21st century research:

God looks down from heaven on all mankind

to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. – Psalm 53:2-3

Let’s just admit it: we are a flawed people. Maybe we should just admit that we are rotten to the core; it would be the honest thing to do. Do we do some good some days? Sure, we do many good things everyday. We are not as evil as we could be. Yet we all have the potential to be ______ (think of the most evil person you can think about). I contend we would actually be a better world if we all admitted that we are not perfect and we really do need some divine redemption. – Ron Friesen

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