Make known the Good!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, August 19, 2019

But glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 2:10

This past Saturday, I participated in a house dedication ceremony for Habitat for Humanity. When I drove through the subdivision where the house is built, I saw many volunteers working on several Habitat homes. One of the volunteers that worked in the home that was dedicated is a young white woman. The owner of the home is a single black mother. The two of them talked about how they spent many days working in the house without any help. The young white woman said even when she was tired, and the temperature was scorching, she persevered in working in that house to ensure that the home is completed on time for this single black mother.

Stories like that one do not get publicized as much as they should. We do not hear about them in the news as much as we should. Unfortunately, it is the bad news that gets most of the press. If that white woman had called the single black mother the n-word, we would have heard it in the news. However, her compassion and kindness to that black woman are not publicized.

Most people do not make a big deal about doing what is good because doing what is good is expected from human beings. We take “goodness” and acts of “kindness” for granted because goodness is wired in our DNA. Though we are sinful beings, most of us frown upon evil.

In truth, most people do not want war, and they do not like racism or discrimination, they have an abhorrence for injustice and inequality, they just do not say loud enough, and often enough. However, the warmongers, the racists, and the unjust do not mind letting the world know how they feel and what they believe.

When you and I see someone doing something good, we should congratulate and affirm that person. Advocates of good should be more vocal. We cannot remain silent while the supporters of evil control the narrative and hijack the limelight.

Glory and honor be to the people who are building bridges between people of different races and ethnicities. Peace be to every police officer who is protecting and serving the citizens of their communities without racial profiling. Let us pause to celebrate every act of kindness and gesture of inclusiveness.

The only way evil will prevail is if the proponents of good remain silent. Followers of Jesus Christ have an obligation to sponsor and promote what is good. The best way to prevent the proliferation of evil is by celebrating what is good. Positive reinforcement is very effective in changing habits and perspective. It is not good enough to expect people to do what is good. We have to reward their acts of goodness with verbal accolades.

Whereas we do not always pay attention, there are acts of goodness happening around us all every day. We should keep our “goodness antenna” up so we can celebrate every act of kindness. When we see the goodness or hear about acts of kindness, we have to applaud it.

Parents should resist the temptation to spend more time complaining about what their child or children did wrong and spend more time talking about what they did right. If you are a manager or employer in any capacity, invest more energy in affirming your employees even as you encourage them to meet the goals of your organization. Husbands and wives should spend more time appreciating each other, and less time finding faults in one another.

Prayer- Good of goodness, saturate our hearts with your Holy Spirit so we can be motivated to do what is good.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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