Think about what you know about good and evil. What does it mean? Is evil something that the villain does in movies? Does evil mean being selfish? Is evil just anything else rooted in pride? Maybe this is true, but I believe there is a more important meaning to evil.
In Genesis 1, God makes everything. We all know the story. Something that recurs throughout the creation story is the fact that every time God makes something, he “sees that it is good.” He does this over and over again, each time recognizing the “goodness” in it, and then when he’s done, and everything exists in perfection, it’s "very good". And then he was done. That was it. It wasn’t until later on that the serpent came along and introduced the idea of defying God to the world. (3:1) Now we all know how that went… but ever since then, we’ve been defying God over and over again. And that’s not how God intended things to be; that’s not good. At some point in history, we named this disobedience “evil.” And it stuck, and we’ve been categorizing things ever since. Is this or that act good? Or is it evil? The categorizations now take the form of moral codes, laws, etc, and most of the time things are classified not by what is good in the eyes of God, but of humans. (filthy, sinful humans) And having been raised immersed in man-established legislation, we develop this sense of right and wrong, of “good and evil.” And it’s warped. Because then, it’s not based on what is pleasing to God, it’s based on what’s not offensive to anybody; it’s not based on God-breathed, authoritative scripture, it’s based on hand-written, collaborative constitutions. It's now contingent upon yourself.
As a follower of Christ, our primary goal is to glorify the name of God. That's what we were created for! Reflecting his Glory! I believe this slightly different way of thinking about our lives can help us gauge our own hearts. Do you tend to obey man's laws for their own sake, or do you truly want to obey God's freeing law directly?
There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death. - Proverbs 14:12
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:2
-Will Hawks (Drums, PR, Coffee Snob)