The Invisible Condition

I love Invisible Children. They are doing an incredible work in making people aware of the plight of the thousands of young children who have been thrown headlong into the midst of the horrors of war in central Africa. I was first introduced to them several years ago, when they were just a few college friends moved by the abhorrent conditions under which these children suffer. The fight to save children of all kinds and all stages of life is so integral to the spread of the Gospel in the world. Fighting for life is always worth fighting for, and I commend them for continuing to fight, even after the allure of a new “social justice” bandwagon has worn off. They are fighting, and we should thank them for fighting.

But, I just saw this poster, and it reminded me of how easy it is to lose sight of why we should fight for life. There is Reason to Believe in the Goodness of Man, it says.

Really?

Isn’t the “goodness” of man the reason why young boys and girls began falling victim to this tragedy in the first place? Isn’t man’s “goodness” the thing that drove men to rebel against their government and take up arms on their own, only to cause everything to devolve into an endless civil war?

I don’t think man has given us many reasons to believe in his goodness.

In fact, the Bible tells us clearly exactly what kind of goodness man has:

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
there is none who does good.
God looks down from heaven
on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
They have all fallen away;
together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.

These are the words of Psalm 53, and they are not the only words of Scripture that speak in this way. Isaiah 64:6 tells us that:

We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.

There is no reason to believe in the goodness of man. What we cannot see inside of man, and what we must believe in, is rampant sinfulness. It is an invisible condition, but it is real. There is nothing good in man, for without God we are “dead in our trespasses and sins”. Even the things that appear to be good are so stained with sin as to be unworthy of further use, and certainly unable to be of lasting benefit to anyone.

But there is a more compelling reason to save dying children. That is because there is a more compelling thing to believe in:

The Goodness of God

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing to his name, for it is pleasant!

It was not the goodness of man that sent Jesus to the cross, it was the sinfulness of man, and the goodness of God. Romans 5:8 says:

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God’s own covenant keeping, steadfast love-giving goodness is the reason why He came to save a dying world, and that goodness should compel us to go out and save the dying in the world.

There is no reason to believe in the goodness of man, but the goodness of God extends to all who are in need. Believe in His goodness. It will not fail.

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