Is it good?

I was listening to a debate about the changing of the times, how technology is quickly changing the way we communicate and even significantly the way we live.

The debate was whether it was a good thing or a bad thing. That got me to thinking about the question of what is good (again). Good is a word much like fair, it is a relative term defined by the speaker and really has no absolute measure. Since that is the case, any debate (at least on a moral level) about the goodness of something is essentially fruitless. There is only One who is good.

Psalms 25:8, Psalms 34:8, Psalms 86:5, Psalms 100:5, Psalms 106:1, Psalms 107:1, especially Matthew 19:17, and Mark 10:18. Also see this post.

The real debate is what is right. Given the conditions, be they changing or not, how does one respond? To get right down to it, you are only responsible for the actions of one person, yourself. You do not make people do anything. You may be in a position of power to create a policy people must follow, but in the end, it is only your action of making the policy that you have control over.

Taking that and this and applying them, you come to the understanding that there really is not any good or bad in the world. It is only a matter of right and wrong.

“Is it right or wrong that technology is changing the way we live?” Now maybe you understand why I found the debate so off. It is not a matter of right or wrong, it just is. It is a fact, and we cannot change it. We can only control how we react to it.

Here is what I think is an important note on right or wrong. We are not the judge on that either, God is. We need to be sensitive to His will to know right in our lives (see this post). Along the lines of this, what is right for you may just be in conflict with what is right for someone else, because conflict may be required.