Earlier today, I was tweeting a comment wherein I stated that I applauded the “good congressman” who is out and among the people of his Baltimore constituency during the present turbulence in the city, and it got me to thinking…
Was I wrong to refer to this man as “good”? In fact, are we wrong (or even sinning) in calling any human being “good”, as in “the good doctor” “he is a good man”, etc., since, as Jesus says, there is none good but God?
When I think about why I called this congressman “good”, I believe my intent was to comment on the good intentions he showed by his actions (which I cited above). Of course, I didn’t mean that he was good 100% of the time (as in, having no sin). I was honoring what I believed to be his sincere intentions as manifested in his actions.
But, wasn’t this the same thing the man who approached Jesus on this occasion was doing? Surely this man didn’t have the notion that He, as a man (sans divinity, as he would’ve likely perceived Him), was completely and totally good all the time.
Furthermore, even if I am in the right on giving men this title, by making such statements around people who may not be clear on my meaning may have some notion that I am saying that a person is “basically good” as most secularists would have us today believe. Would even this possibility be cause for me to avoid making such statements in the future?
Thanks in advance for any insight.