I Don't Believe Most People Are Good
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He’s been through tragedy. Most people would never initially know this about him. Thomas Luther Bryan, known to Country Music fans as Luke Bryan, has everything a man could want in life. He has the voice. He has the looks. He has the charisma. And as one of three judges on this season of American Idol, he’s a bona fide idol that millions of young men and woman admire and look up to, wishing they could some day live the life he has. And yet, behind his easy smile and laughter, there have been some very dark periods in Luke’s life.
Luke was just nineteen, on the verge of moving to Nashville, when his older brother Chris was tragically killed in a car accident. One moment here, and then suddenly forever gone out of Luke’s life. Without any warning. No goodbye. Just gone. Then, in 2007, Luke’s older sister Kelly died unexpectedly at her home. Again, no warning. Death has taken from Luke in two very abrupt ways. Luke, commenting on his loss, said “My only older siblings … gone from the world, in a flash in two, two different, crazy, tragic manners, that … we’ll never know, and never understand.” From listening to him sing and watching him on TV, you’d likely never guess that his world had been shaken as much as it has. And now, he’s on top of the charts with his latest single singing about the good in people. A very uplifting, positive message. But is it true?
Luke Bryan has landed his 20th career #1 single with “Most People Are Good.” From his album What Makes You Country, the song, in Luke’s own words is “a song that truly helps people believe in people again. This song preaches the innocence of children, the beauty of mothers, the beauty of relationships, the beauty of what life could be and should be and really is. I think that most people lay their heads down at night and try to be better and try to be good to other people. And this song captures those emotions perfectly.” It sounds good. But is it true?
I believe that Luke Bryan believes most people really are good. But I don’t. The reason I disagree completely with this notion is because the Bible, the Word of God, says just the opposite. In Romans 3:10, we read that “as it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understands, there is none that seek after God.” Reading further down the chapter we learn that “… all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We also learn from the very famous verse, John 3:16, that “God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” If God sent Jesus to be made sin for us, to be mocked, scourged, whipped, and then die while hanging on a piece of wood for the entire city of Jerusalem to see, was it really necessary if “most people are good?”
Seriously. Think about that for a minute. Jesus literally shed his blood all over the cross, dripping down into the dirt, mixed with sweat from his skin, and endured intense emotional, physical, spiritual suffering for sinners. But, if most people are good, then who was Jesus dying for? Just the “bad” people? And how do we determine who is “bad” and who is “good?”
Bryan, in 2015, was estimated to have an annual income of $42.5 million by Forbes magazine. Wow! Yet, one day, because of the inevitability of death, he’ll leave that all behind and face God. No catchy Country music song will earn favour with God then. The only thing that will matter will be what Luke has done with God’s Son. Jesus died for sinners. Jesus died for the world. He died for you and he died for me. Why? Because we are not naturally good. We’ve all become guilty before God and we cannot earn His favour. We must be forgiven, redeemed, saved by His grace.
How about you? Do you think you are mostly good? Even if you committed one sin, it’s enough to keep you out of heaven. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). Admit to God that you’ve sinned and repent. Believe, or trust, or put your faith in, what Christ has done for you on the cross and receive this gift of salvation today. Or don’t. But, know this: one day you will die. You can choose to enter Eternity the way you are, trusting in your own goodness, or you can humbly bow before God and confess that you need a Saviour. Make a choice. Pride or Humility.
Let me leave you with this simple thought. If most people are good, why did Jesus die?