My friend and I were gisting about some his friends that had boats. In Lagos, Nigeria.
I dont even know what a boat costs, so I’m not exactly sure why this was an intriguing piece of information. Anyway, the focus of the conversation was that they were yahoo-yahoo boys. Aka internet fraudsters. Aka the kind of people that send you a message from the CIA that you should send an email to email@example.com. Aka… you get the drift.
We had been talking about values. The boat-boys despite being known as criminals were respected. At least, their money was. We had moved from a not too distant time ago when those boys would have been avoiding friends not into what they were doing to one that they were’oppressing’ them now. Sad, we agreed.
We also agreed on one point, which in retrospect, was food for a lot of thought:
We could have also had that kind of money if we wanted- if not for our moral upbringing, if not for our christian upbringing. In other words- If not for Jesus.
So the question came up- does Evil outsmart Good? Like if two people were of equal IQs and were equally hard working- if one of them is evil and the other good, would the evil person necessarily come out on top?
The answer is Yes
The real question I should have been asking was ‘What does it mean to be good?’ or ‘What does it mean to be a Christian?’
For a long time, I figured out that being good simply meant ‘playing by the rules’. However, looking back, what I really thought being good meant was ‘Not playing by bad rules’.
Sounds the same, but they are very different.
Being evil meant cheating and so, being good meant ‘Not cheating’. Being evil meant ‘stealing’ and so good meant ‘Not stealing’
So in the end, evil meant actively doing something and good meant actively not doing whatever evil was doing
Is it any surprise that evil would outsmart good?
Now here’s a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager!
And why? Because he knew how to look after himself.
Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits. I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior
The Message Bible Translation
As long as ‘good people’ equate being good for complacency and passivity, waiting for their good to justify them and over all the bounty of life to them, just because they are good- they will wait a long time.
The answer is NO
First and foremost because the true Christ follower and the evil person cannot have the same ultimate goals in mind when starting even the same project.
For one, money is the god, for the other, Christ is God. For one, impressing people is the king, for the other, God’s applause is ultimately what is important.
As long as their goals are different, as long as their real ‘Ogas at the top’ differ, the same answer script cannot be used to grade the exams.
The second reason, is that the Christian that realizes that even his ‘mundane’ tasks can be used by God will hold himself (and the Spirit of God within him) to a higher degree of expectations than the other. But not everyone realizes this.
Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters.
And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best.
Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.
Collosians 3:23-24 (The Message Bible translation)
So did I just argue both sides and speak, as they say, with both sides of my mouth? Yes and No (LOL!).
Have a great day, week and month ahead.
Stay Wise. And Stay Connected!