If you travel at all in Christian circles, you may hear a theology about how depraved we all are; useless and good for nothing. The logic behind this brand of Christian thought is that apart from Christ we cannot do anything good. Probe a little deeper and you may hear that only a Christian can really do anything "good", and that only through Christ.
I choose to quote a scripture in Acts uttered by St. Paul.
"For in Him we live, and move, and have our being."
Good is good and does not need a label.
The scripture above was actually a quote taken by Paul from a Greek poet, Epimenides (c. 600 B.C.) If Paul shared the above version of Christian thinking - that good things are only good based on their Christian labeling - I hardly believe he would have been quoting Greek poets in such a positive fashion to make his case for Christ.
This whole thought came to me because of a video I saw today. It was beautiful and filled me with joy. I believe its goodness stands independently. As a Christian, I also believe that its goodness pleases the heart of God because He is good; but its goodness can happily stand apart from Christianity.
Watch Matt as he lives, and moves, and has being :
On a related note, this video also made me think of people who always have to thump their chests saying "America is the greatest nation in the world!"
I don't think so. I think America is a pretty good place, amongst a lot of other pretty good places. All of them together make a pretty great world.
An HD copy can be downloaded here.