good or evilDoing two things at the same time can be dangerous, like driving a vehicle and texting. Other things are impossible to do at the same time, like, say, driving a vehicle and swimming the breaststroke. (But there’s always someone who will try, right?) Here are two things impossible to do simultaneously:

Stop doing evil. Learn to do good.
Isaiah 1:16-17 GWT

Doing good must be learned. Man has his definition of what is good, but his ideas, in the spiritual realm, are almost always wrong.

It is not enough to stop doing evil. We will do one or the other. The doing is always present, for man is not inactive. If we’re not doing good, as God determines what is good, then we are doing evil.

This applies to the people of God, as much as to the pagan. For Isaiah writes these lines to Israel. The church must learn also to reject evil in order to embrace the good.

Which are you doing right now?


UPLift -Saturday, 2007 September 29

by J. Randal Matheny

Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good. –Calvin Coolidge

Most people don’t even try to repress evil, in Coolidge’s words, much less develop what is good.

Most watch the telly shaking their heads and tsking their tongues at the bad in the world.

Most have never contacted their representatives in government.

Most have never lifted their hand to protect the weak.

Most have never faced evil, felt its rotten breath, and pushed back.

Those who do are newsworthy, so rare are they.

If you barely lift you’re finger to do good, you will be far, far above the masses.

If you work hard at developing the good, you will be a star shining refulgent in the darkness.

If you dedicate yourself to repressing the evil in the world (at least, in your corner of it), and become the virtuous person you can be, people will point you out to their children as you walk by.

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