Being Good Ain’t Such a Bad Thing
My son is three and he’s really into superheroes. Seems normal. What concerns me is that when he wants me to role play with him he says, “Okay Dad, you’re the bad guy, and I’m a bad guy too.” I’m really hoping his infatuation with the “bad guy” is just a momentary blip in his cognitive development. I’d kinda like him to grow up wanting to be the good guy.
It could be, however, that being the good guy has fallen on hard times. When The Dark Knight released a few years ago, it was Heath Ledger’s character, the Joker, who stole the show. And I think that’s a trend. We glorify bad guys.
When the apostle Peter challenged people to strive for a harmonious life, he started with the first foundation stone of faith and continues to the next step in our moral development as believers.
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence…
- 2 Peter 1:5 (NLT)
“Moral excellence” can also be translated as “virtue” or “goodness.” It’s the quality of choosing to be the “good” person. Theologically, we know that we are all sinners and none of us are capable of being good on our own. But as believers who have been reached by love and freed by grace, it is entirely possible for the Holy Spirit to enable us to go for it and be as good as we can be.
The ancient word for moral excellence conveyed a sense of purity from corruption as well as helpfulness toward others. I think of Sir Lancelot… or maybe Luke Skywalker – not perfect, but fighting for good to win.
If you've started your life of faith in Jesus Christ, try on a little moral excellence. It’s the second step toward a life of spiritual harmony.