Today, Trace Embry of Shepherd’s Hill Academy addresses the “basically a good kid” fallacy.
Have you ever heard one of your kids’ friends described this way?
The “Good Kid” Fallacy
“Well, he smokes a little dope. He gives his parents some jazz. He skips school and he sleeps around a lot. But he’s basically a good kid.”
Good Behavior Vs. Good People
First, we’d be wise to label behaviors rather than people. Listen closely. Nobody is basically good. Scripture affirms that we are all basically evil. It’s just a matter of degree.
I realize that calling a kid good or bad is often a matter of semantics. But that “good kid” engaging in not-so-good qualities should have some ground rules in place before he’s allowed to spend a minute with our kids; if at all. And that starts with making sure every time that kid and our kids are together we, like the Holy Spirit, are there also.
Image from Pixabay