Proving Good

Depending on who you ask, one fourth to two thirds of students at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas wouldn’t identify themselves as “Christian.” So I walked onto the stage at chapel with bible in hand and a simple message: God is good.

God is good.

Isn’t that the cornerstone of faith that headlines and cynics and doubt shove against? Isn’t this the truth God’s enemy whispers his lies against first and most often?

See the mother with breasts depleted by malnutrition? See her sobbing over her listless baby? God isn’t good.

See the boy kidnapped and taught to train his rifle on the innocent? See the girl pleasing sweaty strangers for pennies until her life is stolen by disease? God isn’t good.

See the statistics? 24,000 under the age of five dead today from poverty? God isn’t good.

Parents divorcing, pastors cheating, Christians condemning. God isn’t good.

It is easier to believe God isn’t good than to admit that I’m not.

God is generous and it is my greed that robs mothers of their babies.

God is compassionate and it is someone’s twisted ambition and my apathy that imprisons children in armies and brothels.

God is good. Why would anyone believe differently? Me.

Like Israel, the way I live shows “the nations” (and college students in Kansas) what God is like. Have I given them good reason to believe He’s good?

2 Corinthians 9:11-12 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.