Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.09.25
September 25 – October 1 
Scripture Passage: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delights in his way.” Psalms 37:23
Dear Friends,
     One of my childhood memories is that of being told what a good man my Papaw Carr was. When he would hear that being said, he would always respond by quoting two Scriptures. “There is none good but one, that is God.” Matthew 19:17   “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you.” Luke 6:26   Papaw knew that our goodness and righteousness had to be measured against the righteous standard of Christ. When compared to the righteousness of Christ, our righteousness is as filthy rags.   Isaiah 64:6   Papaw lived with the desire that his life would be a reflection of the Christ who lived in him. He went home to be with the Lord when he was 88 and over one-thousand people came through the funeral home to pay their respect to him and the family. “He was a good man,” was said many times that night by those who knew him well. 
     How often do we hear that statement made today? Many of our young people today desire to be known as bad rather than good. If a young man is tough, it is often said that he is a “bad man.” I saw a young lady wearing a provocative T-shirt the other day that said, “Bad girls have more fun.” There is even a television show called the “Bad Girls Club.” Apparently attractive girls today are supposed to be beer drinking, foul mouthed, promiscuous divas. To be a bad man, we are to be able to hold our liquor, have sex with multiple partners, cuss like a sailor, and use guns and fists to settle our differences. Let me remind you of what Scripture says, “Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”   Proverbs 14: 34    If being bad is the characteristic we admire, we end up with a nation of thugs and criminals. 
     Matthew 12:35 says, “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things.” A good man contributes to society and does nothing to destroy its moral fiber. A good man leaves the world a better place than how he found it. A good man is known for his gentleness and compassion when dealing with human suffering, but mental toughness and spiritual fortitude when combating evil. Do not mistake his meekness for weakness. If you cross a line in the sand, he will fight you for what is right. He is willing to suffer for righteousness and justice, and willing to die for his freedom. There are still a few good men and I have had the pleasure of calling some my friends. Maybe, just maybe, some consider me to be a good man also. 
In Christ,
Pastor Johnny