by Bailey Smith

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Being Good Is Not Enough
Bailey Smith

Some time ago a book told of our young men in Korea under the awful brainwashing of the North Korean Communists. It described how many men were not able to be loyal to their country and have courage in the midst of the horrible interrogation of the Communists. Many of our young soldiers cursed their country, said they hated their mothers, and spit upon the American flag.

It would be easy for me to stand, surrounded by friends, in a comfortable building, and say, "I would never do that." I might even boast of more courage, patriotism, and intestinal fortitude than they demonstrated. But we must beware before we criticize. We first need to know the position of someone else. The old Indian saying is right, "Don't talk about how another brother walks until you have walked a mile in his moccasins."

Those soldiers were perhaps good men, but there is a time in which being good is not enough. Being good is not adequate. Being good is to admit defeat. Being good is insufficient.

One Sunday morning a young, brokenhearted husband came down the aisle of our church. He refused to talk to one of our associates, but he motioned to me. I knelt with him, and he put his face near my ear and said, "Pastor, I was out of town last weekend and the charms of a promiscuous woman were so great that I could not resist, and I was immoral. My heart is broken. I don't know if God can ever forgive me."

That man was a good man and is a good man. He believes the Bible. He's trusted in Christ, and his life has given testimony of what it is to be right with God. But he made a horrible mistake. He's a good man, but being good is not good enough. Being good is not always adequate or sufficient.

In a Texas city is a church that has an auditorium with a seating capacity of over 2,000 people. It is located on a very busy thoroughfare, and if one were to go there today, he would find Bible-believing, good people. And yet, in an auditorium that sea ...

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