Save the earth…Fight for justice…Feed the hungry…Alleviate poverty… Education for all…Equal rights…Human rights…There are many good causes out there. But before you continue reading, let me make clear what I think the greatest cause is.
I believe that there is a God. I believe that there is one God. I believe that He is the God of the Bible. He alone has always been, no beginning, no end. All He does is for His glory. He created us for His glory. And so, I believe His glory is the greatest cause. — This post will not be to argue these things. But I’m making clear what I believe in because this post will be based on these premises. You may continue reading or stop now. Me? I’ll continue with my post…
If God’s glory is the greatest cause, is there space then for all these other so-called good causes? For as long as they serve the greatest cause of God’s glory, I think so.
Can these good causes serve the greatest cause? Well, let’s see. Let’s take taking care of the environment. We can take care of the environment and encourage others to do the same because God created nature, and we want to take care of what God has given to us and use it for His glory. And to serve the greatest cause, we can use our good cause as a platform to share the Gospel to others, to tell people who the Creator is, why He created us, how we have been sinning against Him, how we need the Savior, and how we can glorify Him.
But before we join the bandwagon of good causes and advocacies, let me emphasize why we need to remember what the greatest cause is and make sure that we serve the greatest cause by showing some of the dangers of not doing so.
One, if we simply fight for a good cause, it means time, strength, and resources away from the greatest cause. We might end up with a better environment or society, but people will still be alienated from God. People will still be spiritually dead. It’s like placing good make-up on a dead body. The dead looks good, but the dead’s still dead.
Two, if we just fight for a good cause, we could fall into the trap of making that cause our god and/or lead others into the same trap. If that’s where we pour all our time, strength, and resources in, it’s functionally our god; and we’re communicating to the world, with our lives, that this is the greatest cause.
Three, if we fight for a good cause without pointing to God’s glory as exemplified in the Gospel, our efforts help support the usual reasons behind these causes. Let me explain. There are reasons behind these causes. Often, if not always, the usual reasons behind these causes aren’t God-centered, even godless. (e.g. Man is inherently good. Man should have the freedom to do whatever he wants for as long as he doesn’t hurt other people. Man should be able to do whatever makes him happy.) If we don’t declare why we’re doing what we’re doing and point people to God, they’re going to assume we’re doing it for the same reasons the rest of the world is, and we have just helped further some other gospel.
Before we fight for any good causes, let’s be sold to the greatest cause. Let’s be sold to glorifying God. Our commitment to glorifying God will definitely lead us to good deeds. But let it be clear to ourselves and to others why we are doing these good deeds. Our commitment to His glory compels us to do so, lest His glory be given to another.