So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me – Hebrews 13:6
This morning, the memory of Representative John Lewis’ call for action: “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble” prompted me to remember the encouragement apostle Paul gave Timothy: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12). They both had me ponder the meaning of “good” in each context, fight and trouble; and how it applies to me.
Most often when either word, fight or trouble, is mentioned it’s to describe a negative event that happened or is expected to happen. Yet, such is not the case when the fight or trouble is intended for a good reason, such as to spread the gospel and to denounce inequality. Representative John Lewis and apostle Paul chose to deal with conflict in a harmless manner, yet be fervent in their assigned mission.
Representative John Lewis lived in the same manner that he rallied others to live, and such was the case for apostle Paul who lived as he preached. Both men were dedicated to doing good, and we should do the same. We don’t have to fear trouble or a fight when we intend to engage in the kind of “good” God approves of.