When can you be too good?

Can you honestly be too good?  What do I mean by “good?”  I mean “good” in accordance with God’s standards, to the extent that we can be good.  God is a never changing God, whose standards never change.  He commands that we put Him first before all else.  We cannot worship any other God.  We cannot use His name in vain.  We are supposed to have a holy day of rest.  We are supposed to honor our parents.  Does any of this sound familiar?  Well, it should – these are the first five of the Ten Commandments, and of course, there are five more where these came from.  In our culture, there are so many things that we do that we should not do, regardless of whether they have become acceptable to the mainstream.  But if we promote Godliness, we are said to be “old fashioned.”  If we advocate obedience, we are accused of being “legalists.”  If we strive for righteousness, we are called purists who have no place in today’s culture.  And, if we protest against ungodly virtues, we are labeled as intolerant, ironically by those who are intolerant.   Good has become bad, and bad has become good.  But this is not how it should be.  The world is going to be the world – the bible cautioned us about this.  But Christians, well, they are supposed to be different.  Christians are supposed to be in the world (i.e., a light in the world), not of the world, which is progressively becoming an utterly dark place.  Some Christians even label other Christians as legalists for trying to promote Godliness, as if there can be too much good.  And, some Christians say that those who think that we should be striving for righteousness are not Christians, because Christians are saved by grace.  I know this is true because I have been accused of not being a Christian because I believe that we should strive to be righteous, even though we will miss the mark.   I will never profess to be righteous but I know in my heart if I am making every effort to be obedient to God, to be good.  Can you be too good?  In my opinion, you can’t.

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