3/25/15 Jay 25
Throughout the Old Testament, every time the Hebrew people drifted from God it was said they “did what was right in their own eyes” – rather than doing what was right in the eyes of God. I was reminded of this in a conversation at a McDonald’s yesterday with Jay, a man of Indian descent who has moved here recently from London. Jay grew up in and follows the Sikh religion, so I asked him all about it. It’s very interesting for me to learn about other religions, and usually wins me the privilege of being able to share the Gospel of Jesus in return. That wasn’t the case with Jay, however. He took no interest in learning about mine or any other beliefs, and stated that what is important in Sikhism is not goodness, but happiness. He said Sikhism teaches that we are happy when we are acting in accordance with God’s will, so personal happiness is the measure of goodness. That’s what reminded me of the Hebrews, and I wonder how much of our measure of what is good and right as Christians is whether it makes us “happy”. Are we driven by our emotions, or by God’s word? Deut. 12 says “Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God.” Our emotions and our happiness can’t be trusted, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.