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Doing the Hard Thing

Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing. ~Tony Blair

When my older son was about twelve years old, he took a stand.

While visiting his grandparents one summer, he attended Bible class at their church. The Sunday school teacher was going to show a clip from The Matrix. I know the woman and I feel confident that she had a good lesson and reason to show it. But . . . we had a rule in our house that our children couldn’t watch rated PG-13 movies until they were 15. And The Matrix is rated R.

“I have to leave.” Jonathan stood to go.

“Why? What’s wrong?” The teacher was confused.

The conversation that followed was my son explaining the rule and that he had to obey it. The teacher said she was sure it would be fine for this little clip, but he didn’t give in.

He left the class.

Joseph was wealthy. A new up-and-coming politician in the inner circle. He had real estate, a position, and clout.

And an unpopular opinion.

He believed in doing what was right, even when no one else did.

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. Luke 23:50-51 NIV

It’s hard to take a stand for what’s right when others around you are doing whatever they want.

But it’s even harder to stand up when those who are supposed to stand with you, don’t.

An accountant who won’t agree to fudge a little with the rest of the office might find herself out of work.

A postal worker who won’t put letters aside so everyone can go home on time, could bear the brunt of some bullying.

A teacher who refuses to talk about students might be eating alone the rest of the year.

But doing what is right is always the right thing to do.


God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:6-8 NIV

Doing the Right Thing

Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing. ~Tony Blair

I don’t like rules. I view them as flowers to a happier state of being. Some gardens grow daisies, others produce roses or violets, but they all bloom in shades of gray.

For instance, if someone can clearly see all directions and no one is coming, why should they have to sit through a traffic light? Yet, there I sat in the middle of nowhere in the middle of no one.

Doing what is right isn’t always easy. Knowing what is right isn’t either.

One day Jesus and his buddies were walking through a field of grain. They were hungry, so they pulled off a few heads of grain and started munching. Not such a bad thing, right?

Except it was Saturday. The day that God had said don’t harvest.

The rule followers started throwing the book at Jesus.

“What are they doing? God isn’t going to put up with this! They’re putting us all in danger. Run! Run! . . . Wait. It’s the Sabbath. Walk, walk, but not too far.”

Jesus knew where this fell on the continuum of gray.

“Remember David, THE King of Israel? He and his men were hungry so they ate the bread that was set aside for God and the priests. That was allowed; surely this is, too.”

Some people liked that answer- the ones who needed to eat -but others weren’t so happy. If they couldn’t trust the rules to keep them safe, what could they trust? God’s box was clearly outlined, and they needed him to stay in it.

Do you have two children who both need discipline? Will a spanking send one over the edge of despair and leave the other one seething in vengeful spite?

Do you have two coworkers who need a helping hand? One is overwhelmed by the demands of the boss, while the other spends the day on Instagram and Snap Chat?

Do you see financial struggles but notice that medical bills have drowned one person, while excessive Amazon surfing has plunged the other?

God wants us to do what is right. Jesus showed us what is right can vary according to the situation.

If you aren’t sure what is right, don’t try to box God in. Ask him for direction about where he wants to put the boundary lines.

And if he doesn’t answer, wait a little longer at the red light. It will change soon.


Seek good, and not evil,
    that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
    as you have said.
Hate evil, and love good,
    and establish justice in the gate; Amos 5:14-15 ESV