Ahhhh! What logic there???!!!! Could it actually be a paradox? Can a right equal a wrong?!
Well, ummm… I think so – call me crazy if you like 😛
There He (God) made a statute and an ordinance for them (the Israelites), and there He tested them, and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” – Exodus 14:25-26
The condition was that the Israelites do what was right in the sight of God, not what is right according to our earthly wisdom. When people look at one thing, some will judge that to be “right” and some will judge that same thing to be “wrong”. How we determine what is right and what is wrong is often based on our cultural and traditional values, our societal norms, our education, our experiences, our exposure etc. In that sense, what is right to me, can be wrong to you. However what God is wanting from us, is to judge (or perhaps for choice of better wording discern) what is right in His sight – in accordance to His Word, to the leading of the Spirit and of course to be as per His nature and attributes. Hence what is right to you can be wrong in His eyes as our values are often derived from everything else but, or perhaps mostly, from other things but the Bible. Even when we study Scriptures, we look at it through our coloured lenses – and filter it through the values we have learnt elsewhere. Hence we twist God’s Word to suit our existing values.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 16:25
Hmmm… a right can thus equal a wrong! What we think is right could actually be what “seems to be” right as opposed to indeed right. Proverbs 12:15 differentiates a fool from a wise person –
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.” – Proverbs 12:15
We humans often define ‘right’ based on what we think, or rather based on our value system and thoughts. However, the Bible tells us,
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.” – Proverbs 21:2
We could even be doing the right thing – whether it be an act of charity, a service to another, a ministry unto God, yet it could be made wrong in where the focus of our hearts are. What motivates us to do the above? Is it to secure a name or is it to be recognised by others or is it out of pity or does it stem out of love that arises out of intimacy with God? God weighs the hearts, He sees the hearts and not the appearances. Hence the “right” we do, may actually be “wrong” in His sight! Sometimes in our desire to help, we could actually be playing God in their lives… So, instead of turning to God, these people could turn to us and make an idol out of us. Instead of leaning on God and depending on God and seeing His mighty love poured out, they lean on us. Yes, we are indeed God’s vessels and we are required to help but….
So how do you define RIGHT?
“For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” – Psalm 33:4,5
The right actions are not what we would deem as right or wrong, as our perspectives are all relative… However the path that God leads you and me along is the only RIGHT path and we know that the path is narrow!
“I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble.” – Proverbs 4:11
Let’s continually yield to God’s voice and His leading before we consider our actions let alone judge another person’s actions. We could be praising another for their ‘right’ (or good) actions whereas it could actually be ‘wrong’. Their motives could be misplaced or in eagerness or a desire to control another, they could be playing God. Yes, we have to be God’s vessels of love and thus help one another in sincerity. However, the extent of what we do and when we do it, has to be a result of hearing God’s voice, listening to His wisdom and following Him in right paths. Acts of charity and works of ministry and services of help are rendered pointless and wrong, if they don’t point towards Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life.
Sin is not about good or bad, or right or wrong but it is about doing what God wants each one of us to do out of love as we know that He knows best for us.
Any right action would result in God’s name being glorified
– pointing people to deepen their relationship with Him, loving Him with their all.
God is our provider, He is our source of love and we all need the opportunities to experience that,
to trust in Him and Him alone yet be His vessels