What Makes A Person Good or Bad?
By Linda C Dipman

  Families all around the world, from all walks of life, gathered around their television for the latest breaking
news.  A famous anchorman had just confessed for the last thirty years he had been a closeted homosexual.
Most people did not believe it was true.

  It seems that this man had stayed married and was faithful to his wife for over thirty years.  Raised a family,
saw his children through college and even marriage, he never acted on his feelings for the same sex until now.

  Does all the achievements of this man get thrown aside because now he is gay?  Does his faithfulness to his
wife and children count for nothing? Is the religious right justified when they tell all of their listeners to stop
watching this particular man's broadcast?

  What makes a person good or bad?  Is it their sexual orientation?  Or rather is it what kind of person they
are when they face problems.  Does the person display integrity?  Does he show, by his actions, that he is of
high moral character?  Is he trustworthy and a person you can count on when you're going through hard
times?

  A woman who had committed adultery was brought to Jesus so he would condemn her to death.  It was only
right for Him to do this because this was the command as written in the Jewish law for handling such women.
Instead Jesus shocked the people!

  John 8:7, "As they stood there asking him questions, he straightened up and said to them, 'Which ever one
of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her.'"

  All people involved listened to what Jesus said and allowed the woman to go free without judgment.  Jesus
had just broken a law by letting this woman go unpunished for her sin.  So if this is the case, which Laws of
Moses are we suppose to follow and which laws are meant to be broken?

  What makes people good or bad?  Is it their ability to judge the difference between right and wrong?  Or is it
how we show compassion while urging a person to look at their life and make their own choice to change.

  Jesus asked a Samaritan woman to give Him a drink of water.  It was totally forbidden in the Jewish Law to
have anything to do with these people.  It's like a gang member talking to one of the rival gangs, it is forbidden
and usually results in blood shed.  Jesus overstepped these boundaries and broke the law in order to
convince this woman to believe that He was the promised Messiah.  Jesus crossed ethnic barriers, because he
loved all people equally.

  Jesus called Matthew, a Jewish man, who was a despised tax collector for the Roman government.   Matthew
invited him to a meal at his home.  

  Matthew 9:10-13, "While Jesus was having a meal in Matthew's house, many tax collectors and other
outcasts came and joined Jesus and his disciples at the table.  Some Pharisees saw this and asked his
disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with such people?'
  Jesus heard them and answered, 'People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick.  
Go and find out what is meant by the scripture that says: 'It is kindness that I want, not animal sacrifices.' I
have not come to call respectable people, but outcasts.'"

  What makes a person good or bad?  According to Jesus it is not what family you were born into.  It is not
what sexual sin you committed.  It is not about what kind of job you have.  It is not about the evil that all men
commit. It is about kindness.  It is about the love we have for God, who created every good thing on this earth.

  When Jesus made this statement, He was actually quoting Hosea.

  Hosea 6: 5&6, "That is why I have sent my prophets to you with my message of judgment and destruction.  
What I want from you is plain and clear:  I want your constant love, not your animal sacrifices.  I would rather
have my people know me than burn offerings to me."

  What makes a person good or bad?  It is whether or not that person knows God.  A good person loves God.  
A good person shows compassion to others.  A good person does not judge.

  We live in a very complicated world where judgment is the reason why we fight wars against other countries.  
Judgment condemns the murderer.  Judgment makes societies, churches, and families throw out their children
in the name of sin.  

  But this is not what Jesus came to teach.  Jesus came to proclaim that laws can be broken in the name of
kindness and love.  Jesus brought a new teaching that changed our world because it was not about
condemning people it was about loving people.

  Isaiah 56:3-6, "Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the Lord say, 'The Lord will surely exclude me
from his people.'
  And let not any eunuch complain, 'I am only a dry tree.'
  For this is what the Lord says:  'To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and
hold fast to my covenant-to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than
sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.'"

  What makes a person good or bad?  According to these scriptures everyone is welcomed into the loving
arms of God.  Many people do not understand that eunuchs refer to female men.   They were gay men that
were not attracted to women, this way they could be completely trusted not to commit adultery with the kings
wives.  The eunuch's roles in the kingdom was to mange the affairs of  high society women.

  Why does the Religious Right condemn gay people?  Many have never done the research to see they have
made wrong judgments.  Some have the facts, but are unwilling to stand up to the ones who are in charge of
the church denominations.  Most would rather turn there backs because when you stand up for truth you are
persecuted by those who use churches for their on propaganda.

  What makes a person good or bad?  A good person speaks the truth and never judges another person.  We
accept people for who they are and we love our families unconditionally never allowing another person to tell
us not to love.

  What makes a person good or bad?  A bad person is someone who tells us what to believe separate from
the real truth.  A bad person is someone who is constantly judging.  A bad person would rather hate than love.

  To know God is to walk into the light of a new understanding.  Pick up your Bible and read it.  Listen to the
Holy Spirit that prompts you to love.  Pray and believe that Jesus can and will save you when you are judged
unfairly.  Remember most of all, God is Love!