God is Good, Until He Ain’t

I got a new car. God is good. I got a house big enough for two families. Yes indeed, God is good. My cancer is in remission. God is really, really good. My children are all doing well in school, my wife embraces me when I come home and gives me a big kiss, and my job is a perfect fit. God is tremendously good, until He ain’t.

It is clear that my evaluation of God’s goodness is based upon the good stuff that I get, or that happens to me. If bad stuff happens, God ain’t good no more.

The God I like caters to my needs. He does what I want, when I want it, like I want it. He is my genie, my butler, my servant and (don’t tell Him this part) my slave. He is good, until he stops doing things that please me. God is good, until he ain’t.

I would like you to know this God. He can be found in any of the churches, or clubs or secret societies and religions that give meaning to life. This God does not speak about unpleasant things like; Hell, Damnation, Repentance, Sin, Evil, or all those other bad words.

God is good until He starts to remind me that I can’t do right or be right or even think right without His presence. God is good until He ain’t meeting me on my terms.

It is all a lie of course. I know this without a doubt. God defines all that is good, because He is all that is good. He ain’t never anything but good. It is grammatically wrong, but theologically sound.

Psalms 73:1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is, God.