2011-04-28

Fast Five – Why Be Bad When You Can Be Good?

by Yo Snyder

Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,
who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and
sweet for bitter.” The new movie Fast Five opens tomorrow; a movie where we’re asked to cheer for
the bad guys, which is something I find to be kind of disturbing. Why are we
cheering for the bad guys? I know they’re one-upping some bad-er guys, and
they’re basically good people who happen to be on the wrong side of the law,
but the fact is they’re still breaking the law. In every traditional sense
they’re still the bad guys. The Bible says woe to those who mistake evil for
good and good for evil, and when the Bible says “woe”, look out, because that
doesn’t mean anything good. We live in a world that likes to dwell in the gray;
that prefers not to see things so black and white. The Bible, however, is very
black and white and doesn’t compromise on that. But you know what, that’s good
news. Why? Because with the clear distinctions the Bible makes, one always
knows exactly where one stands. You are either with Christ or against him. You’re
either going to heaven or hell. You’re either a saint or a sinner. No gray
areas there. No sliding scale. No bad guys who are more good than the bad-er
guys and therefore aren’t all that bad. You either are or you aren’t made a
good guy through Christ; which is a good way to avoid woe.