Is the Good News bad news?


“Why do bad things always happen to me?”

I have heard that said a few times, not that I would think it of myself (obviously!!).

There are parts of the bible I struggle with. All this “Good News” isn’t just good news, quite often it is Bad News! The bad news that there are consequences to how we live, how we love, what we base our living in, all of that … Our living and choices of living have consequences.

The Good News carries consequences. And we often prefer to either ignore them (God Soft Hands Jesus must have meant that for others – not me). Or we “big them up” as a reason for dismissing all this “God Stuff” (if that is who “God is” I am having none of it).

I bumped into one such passage this morning: Luke 19:11-28

Quite a bit of “bad news” here. A sprinkling of judgement. A smattering of death. A ruler. Us “ruled”. All the elements of “and that is why I reject all this “lovey-dovey stuff”

One phrase He flagged today. One that make me see in this passage that “Love is always the answer.”

“I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! You knew, did you, that I was a harsh man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could have collected it with interest.”

Why do bad things always happen to me?

“I will judge you by your own words.”

Where is the personal responsibility for what we do with what we have been given? The choices we make. The priorities we chase. The actions we happily fill our lives with. All the stuff of living that is our choice. All the self-talk we do constantly in our own heads. All the affirmation we seek and absorb through our own filtration system.

Where am I in the equation of fairness?

If we were all judged by our own words, what would be “the verdict” today?

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10 thoughts on “Is the Good News bad news?

  1. What Jesus is doing here is locating us. He does this by showing how we will either respond to God out of fear or love. John said fear involves torment or punishment (1 John 4:17). Adam was afraid and hid from God in the bushes. He had become a judge (good and evil) apart from God when he ate from the wrong tree. This is the carnal mindset Jesus is revealing. Fear hides, withholds, and judges God to be austere, not fair, etc. (Luke 19:21). Love frees us from this prison (1 John 4:18). We are brave because of love; we obey and use our gifts out of His love. Jesus brilliantly reveals this about ourselves in this story. We have a choice. Fear or love. Blessings. 🙂

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