Saturday, May 12, 2012

what is "good"?

photo: Chez Andre

The President revealed his change in views about gay marriage this week.

Political and religious pundits have predictably turned this story of the week into an excuse to argue on tv (and fundraise).

I thought about adding my opinion to the foray, but with all of the internet shouting, it hardly seems useful.

Instead, I would like to ask this question:
What is "good"?

Don't break the high school english class rule of using a word to define a word.  Also, don't bother ill-defining it unless you can come up with a definition for "bad" that doesn't include the word "good."

I used to ask my students this question in our early days of Christian worldview class.

When you answer this question, try to guess what percentage of the country would agree with you or could be persuaded to agree with you.

By the time you're done with this, I think you will begin to see why everybody is fighting over this issue that "doesn't have anything to do with you."

It's a new frontier in an old argument.  It used to be teaching evolution in schools.  Then it was abortion.  Now it's gay marriage.  And none of those fights ever really ended.

There's a reason.  Our country is divided into separate, well-entrenched camps of people.  In each camp, the people firmly believe they are right and everyone else is wrong.

The funny thing is, I don't even think we could get half the country to agree on a basis for the concept of good.  How are we supposed to figure anything else out together?

Next time you find yourself arguing with someone about whatever issue riles both of you up for that day, go back and start with "good."  See if you can make any progress at all.

If not, save your breath.

How about you, friends?  What is "good"?

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