No Good

So as I’ve gone places, hung out with people, and observed different things in life, I’ve noticed one thing in particular that has always intrigued me. When someone likes something or approves of something, they say it’s good. When someone sees a movie and they enjoy it, they claim that it is good. When someone reads a certain book that thrills them, they say that it is good. When someone turns on the radio, they hear a song that has a nice beat and sometimes great vocals, they say that it is good. I’ve noticed that no mater what the subject of the movie or book is or what the song says in its lyrics people say that it is good. Why is that we say things are good when, in reality, there is practically nothing good about them?

I think that in order to discuss this topic, we need to define what “good” is and what its intentions are meant to be. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, good is defined as “of high quality” and “correct and proper”. If we use these definitions of good, not much that we say is good is actually good. In Genesis, when God made things like the light, water, land, plants, and animals, He saw that they were all good things. They were in the purest form and free from sin.

Why is it that we call things that are covered in sin, good? The answer is quite simple. We are sinful people. Because we are sinful, we engage in things that often aren’t pure or of high quality. We love to watch chick flicks and action movies with cool actors because of the plot, but we fail to realize that often times those movies blatantly equate God to Satan by taking His name in vain. How is this in any way good? I refuse to engage in movies that pair God’s name with a curse word. For me, it isn’t worth it. There are other ways to hear great stories and be entertained.

We love to listen to music that has sick beats and terrible lyrics that don’t encourage anyone or has anything of substance. We call music good when it has a nice beat, but fail to realize that there isn’t much good to be found in it. If we give those not-so-great things the value of truly good things, something is missing. It’s like saying that on a scale of 1 to amazing, cockroaches are amazing and sprinkles are a 6. It devalues the thing that is actually good when we equate it with something bad. I think that we throw around words when we don’t stop and think about what we are actually saying.

My junior year of college, I lived in a dorm with my twins sister, Deborah. She had the top bunk and I was on the bottom bunk. If you have never met me, I’m 5 feet and a half an inch tall. My bed was up higher than I wanted it to be, so I required a footstool to comfortably get into my bed. I purchased a plastic footstool for like $10 from Target. At this point I had been using it for about 3 months or so. One evening, I got up to put my laptop away. As I returned to my bed, I stepped on the footstool like I had done many times before. Suddenly, it broke. My leg slipped through and got all cut up from the broken plastic. My sister kept telling me that it was going to break and that it wasn’t a good, quality stool. I failed to heed her warning and ended up paying for that decision. The point of the story is that sometimes we think that things are good, quality things, when in actuality they aren’t. This is just a silly, true example of something that seemed good, but wasn’t. When I talk about things that are good quality, I’m not necessarily talking about a physical product. I’m referring to things like what we watch, listen to, and say. We might think that things are good, but they end up hurting you in the end by giving you a false sense of reality and putting bad ideas into your head and heart.

With all of this being said, let me clarify something. I’m not bashing on anyone for watching certain movies, reading certain books, or listening to certain music. For me, I like to look at things for what they are and what they were meant to be. If something is good, I want that definition to have all of the meaning in the world and not be weighed down by all of the other things that appear to be good, but aren’t good.

This topic may not seem relevant or important, but it’s been something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time, now, so I figured I’d share it and see what others think, so please, let me know what you think! After all, if we aren’t willing to hear what others have to say or hear their point of view, we’re missing out on a big part of life.