Good Things Vs. God-Things
Thursday, September 26, 2019
“There are good things we can do, but only God-things we should do.” – Os Hillman
I prayed about that decision harder than any other decision in my entire life. Here I was, at age 49, being given the opportunity to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Sure, it was as a relative unknown in a heavily Democratic district that hadn’t elected a Republican in 36 years. But still, my curiosity was piqued, and I was seriously considering throwing my hat into the ring.
After consulting with my wife and kids, I sought advice from a handful of mentors, men far more spiritually astute and mature than me. Their counsel was unanimous: Go for it! And so, I ran, twice as a matter of fact, once in 2008 and again in 2010.
In both cases, I campaigned on a very conservative platform, promising to limit the size of government, lower taxes, and above all, to protect unborn babies. Most importantly, I ran for the right reason: to glorify God by serving others. That’s right; I looked at politics – then as I do now – as a ministry, not a career.
Google the election results from those two years and you will discover that I won both party primaries handily and lost both general elections just as handily. In hindsight, it just wasn’t meant to be. As Os Hillman would say, I guess running for Congress was a good thing, but not necessarily a God-thing.
Conversely, when I started The South Jersey Saints in 1987 and went full-time with The Saints Prison Ministry in 1994, I really didn’t need to pray about those decisions very much or to ask for loads of advice. It was crystal clear that this was something God wanted me to do. In fact, it was something that I absolutely, positively, unequivocally HAD to do. Yes, it was a good thing, but more importantly, it was also a God-thing.
That doesn’t mean that we should hesitate to meet a need when we see it or to seize a good opportunity when it presents itself. As long as doing so doesn’t violate scripture or your own conscience, you have the spiritual liberty to do what you want in such situations.
However, when God clearly directs you – via His Spirit or His Word – to do something, that should be a non-negotiable.
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” I Corinthians 10:23 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President