REV. LOU TISCIONE
“Do what is right” are strong words. They are words that most people long to hear from their leaders. We expect those in whom we’ve placed our trust to lead will do what is right. Popular virtue has been assigned to those who say, “I will do what I think is right!”
Whether or not one thinks an action is right is, in my mind, irrelevant. We should expect our leaders to do what is right!
Here is the problem: in order to do what is right, one must know what is right.
The Christian’s conscience is continually formed by the word of God. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth that the believer is to take every thought captive to the word of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5) Romans 12:2 is an exhortation to Christians not to be conformed to the world, but to be transformed by the renewal of the mind. The result is: “That by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Ephesians 5:11 points out that Christians were once in darkness but are now “light in the Lord.” Therefore, believers are to live as children of light, that is, to follow Jesus. Disciples of Jesus Christ are told that the “fruit” of living as children of light is “found in all that is good and right and true.”
Knowing what is good, right and true is only possible through God’s transformation. He has promised to change those whom He calls, regenerates and justifies. He does it by His word and Spirit. In other words, doing what is right requires humble submission to the word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.
That which is right proceeds from the attributes of God. He has revealed Himself as good, righteous and true. Those who seek to do what is right are in an intimate relationship with God. This intimacy is only possible by knowing Jesus, God’s only Son. As the Father is the source, knowing the “good” proceeds from intimacy with Him.