[good and evil]

[good and evil]

Yet another quote from the book The Realms Thereunder that stuck out to me.

“Destroying evil is never enough – you must also be willing to build good.”

It is easy to get caught up in [what we think] righteous fight against evil.

However, (while opposing evil is a good thing) it is even easier to forget in the process to do actual good.

I often get caught in the snares of pouting against Orthodoxy. Granted, there are a lot of things that Church is doing wrong. However, simply rambling about the fact that worshiping dead people’s remains is wrong doesn’t make me any more righteous.

Back in my university days, I had a class called Business Communication. It was one of my favorite classes because the teacher was amazing (still is, and I am glad that my baby bro is now taking his classes). One of the lectures that we had was on positive feedback.

We were given 10 cases and we had to come up with ways to answer the characters of those cases in a way that was positive.

It was tough!

It was much easier to say something along the lines of “You’re an idiot and that’s why we’re firing you” or “You’ve done that wrong.” It was not easy to write “Here is something you can work on improving” (and not just write it, but MEAN it.)

There’s a saying, “If you tell someone he’s a pig 20 times, next time he might oink.”

Building good, apart from simply fighting evil, is tough, but it’s worth it.

  • I like this Zee because it states (basically) what so many are guilty of: finding the bad but not offering any good.  “Solve the world’s problems.  Okay, how?  I don’t know just solve them. ”   You are so right.  It is not good enough to just point out the evil.  Along with that, offer the good. 

    • We’re too quick to find the bad, indeed. But, admitting the problem is the first step to solving it, right? 🙂

  • So much truth here. Your post reminds me of the verse in James that says when we don’t do what we “ought” to do, we sin. Apathy is as evil as evil itself.

    • Ah, James. He was a wise guy (at least after he finally became a believer).

      Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. – found it… James 4:17. And you’re right (along with James) – saying that we are good because we didn’t do the wrong thing, didn’t kill anyone, doesn’t mean anything when we refuse to do what we *are* commanded to do. 

  • Bekah Strangarity

    This was a kick today.
    Where I needed it.
    Yes… must remember this, thank you, Zee!

  • Your last line made me laugh- oinking! 

    It can be hard to point out the positives, must easier to focus on negatives, but that is not what Jesus did and we shouldn’t either.  We are to build each other up, not tear each other down. 

    Thanks for this powerful post! 

    • We are to build each other up, not tear each other down. – amen to that. 

      What I love about Jesus (among other things) is that He never sugar-coated sin, He pointed it out – but in such a way that the person knew that He is not just saying it, but He’s saying it because He cares. Oh, to learn to be like that!

      • Takes disciple, practice and plenty of Grace!

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