Are We a Good People?

Yes, I meant to put that “a” in the title of this article. That’s because I’m not just asking if we are good people individually, but, as a neighborhood, city, county, state, and country, are we a good people? Do we deserve God’s mercy or justice? Do we even care about these questions?

What Do We Value?

I grew up never questioning that America was a great nation and a good people. You can’t have the former without the latter. In recent years, though, I have begun to wonder if we truly are a good people. Do we value chastity? Not from what I can tell when I hear about the popularity of OnlyFans, Tinder, and hookup culture, in general. Do we value truth? Not if it hurts people’s subjective feelings. Then it’s banned as hate speech. Do we value prudence? Debt slaves abound, and “prude” is an insult, not a sign of maturity. Do we value righteousness? Unfortunately, a term like that makes people uncomfortable because it is judgmental, as if judgment were something we didn’t continuously do.

Nineveh and Sodom

God will often stay His hand when people repent, like the people of Nineveh who immediately repented in response to Jonah’s inspired warnings. But there are other times when the vast majority of the people refuse to repent, so God commands the few righteous among them to flee in order to avoid His wrath. The most dramatic example of that is Lot’s family in the city of Sodom. Even if there are some good people living in a city or country, God can still justifiably destroy the place where they live if its cup of iniquity fills completely.

Our Cup Is Full

With gay marriage becoming the law of the land in 2015 and the floodgates opening to the celebration of other degeneracies since then, I feel our cup has already spilled over the brim. Millions of unborn children killed in the last 50 years, people with important things to say silenced by deplatforming or outright murder, justice denied on corrupt people because of their political power, wickedness lauded from the rooftops while righteousness is publicly denigrated. These all point to a people ripe in iniquity.

We Humble Few

That’s not the case across the board. Even just among my readers, there are many wonderful people who inspire me to be better. Most of you are good people. But how long can we remain good when we constantly have to push against our culture and we are pressured on every side to violate our principles? How can our children remain good when they are taught by trusted authority figures to hate themselves, their ancestors, and their country?

Those among us with strong wills and a dedication to truth over error will be able to remain strong through the difficulties that lie ahead. But we’re on a sinking ship. Our world’s fate is sealed. All we can do is decide whether or not we want to share that fate. God is patient with His children, but when so many of us openly mock Him and make it harder and harder for His children to choose the right, we invite His plagues and judgments, just like Pharaoh of old.

Fear God, Not Men

I didn’t have a plan when I started to write this article. I simply felt an irresistible need to start writing and say whatever thoughts came into my head. Now I feel that I’ve said what I needed to say. I don’t know why I needed to say this, exactly, but I trust that it’s important to make my stand clear, and that it’s what someone needed to hear.

Immediately after writing “Pharaoh of old,” it occurred to me that I would probably offend a lot of people with my harsh words, perhaps even costing me many subscribers. But a sweet Spirit came over me, before the fear could take hold, and it whispered to me that I should fear God more than men. So I put my trust in Him, and I encourage my wonderful readers to be patient with me.

More than a Good People

I know I’ve written boldly in this article, and I haven’t even tried to connect any of it to a movie. It should be obvious from my body of work that I am an imperfect man, and I didn’t write this to gloat or show off my self-righteous attitude. I want all of us to be good people so that we’ll be happy. There is no other way to do it. No matter what we’ve heard about many avenues to happiness, the truth is that there is only one way to happiness, and that is personal purity, Christlike love for others, and humility before God.

If every one of us achieves these attributes, we’ll be more than a good people. We will be God’s people.

This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.

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About Robert Lockard, the Deja Reviewer

Robert Lockard has been a lover of writing since he was very young. He studied public relations in college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. His skills and knowledge have helped him to become a sought-after copywriter in the business world. He has written blogs, articles, and Web content on subjects such as real estate, online marketing and inventory management. His talent for making even boring topics interesting to read about has come in handy. But what he really loves to write about is movies. His favorite movies include: Fiddler on the Roof, Superman: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, The Fugitive, The Incredibles, and The Dark Knight. Check out his website: Deja Reviewer. Robert lives in Utah with his wife and four children. He loves running, biking, reading, and watching movies with his family.
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