I Wish We Wouldn’t Say ‘God is Good’ Only When Good Things Happen
I see it every single week on social media among my friends whenever a good thing happens: ‘God is good!’ It’s the message they post whenever there’s good news.
God is good when a child comes home from the hospital after a serious illness. Or when no one is injured in a serious car accident. And as a doctor gives a patient good news. And after someone just learned they got the job they’d been praying for.
It’s something we Christians are always quick to say when there’s good news. When things go our way, God is definitely good. He knows us and He has delivered us from some terrible situation.
What’s curious to me is that this messaging only seems to come when we get the outcome we were hoping for. When we don’t, apparently, God isn’t so good. (Although we’d never admit that.)
When the news is bad, we Christians like to subtly change the message. We say. “God is in control.”
That leads to an important question.
Don’t we Christians believe that God is both good and in control at all times? Of course we do. But we just don’t act like it in the given moment.
I’ve never seen anyone post something about receiving a diagnosis of cancer and then tacking on, “God is good.” Why is that, exactly?
If we believe God is truly good with enough conviction to say so only when we happen to get our way, then we don’t really believe He’s all that good. It isn’t about God at that point: we’re making it all about us no matter what the outcome. If we think of God’s goodness relative to how thoroughly we get what we want, we’re just putting on a show.
What’s important to remember there is that it’s a show non-believers are seeing, too. We may be fooling ourselves with such statements, but we’re not fooling them.
They notice. And to them, it makes us sound like hypocrites.
That, in turn, doesn’t give them a reason to be part of our faith.