Do you ever feel like if something is “good for you,” then it is bad before it is good?
It’s almost as if consuming something good has to be a bit like a punishment.
Like you have to “take your medicine.”
But if something is “bad for you” – then WOW . . . . it is really good!!!
Think about brussels sprouts versus your favorite candy.
Asparagus versus potato chips.
Water versus a margarita.
Undoubtedly none of us are surprised if something good for us initially doesn’t seem all that good. Yet we know in the end, the benefits outweigh the cost.
For many, Christianity does not initially seem good.
Instead, it comes across as punitive and exclusive and brings no true benefits.
Thus why should they bother?
Interestingly enough, humans are the ones who construed Christianity to be something less than good. It did not start out that way!
We see that in the Gospel of Luke.
“So many others have tried their hand at putting together a story of the wonderful harvest of Scripture and history that took place among us, using reports handed down by the original eyewitnesses who served this Word with their very lives. Since I have investigated all the reports in close detail, starting from the story’s beginning, I decided to write it all out for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you were taught.”
MANY others previously tried to tell the story of the man named Jesus.
So there must have been something good about him or why else would they bother?
We all probably have people in our lives that want nothing to do with religion, church, Christianity, and/or faith.
But what if we could find a way to help them understand that the Christianity they understand is most likely NOT what was initially intended at all?
What Christianity is founded on . . . it’s all good.
In the beginning, it was good. Very, very good.
Perhaps that becomes our litmus for understanding Jesus, historical Christianity, and religious traditions.
What if we start processing them and understanding them in relation to being truly and purely good?
What if there are things that exist (maybe like Jesus?!?!) that are always good, all the time? They are only good!
Asparagus may not fall into that category. Or any fish/seafood (if you ask my opinion).
Christianity in its purest and original form, NOT in its religious man-construed development . . . is all good!
We can get past the understanding that for something to be good, it has to have an element of bad. (Think back to the Little Debbie cakes, Cheetos, or margaritas).
We can instead embrace that if it is good, it is all good.