“Is he a good guy or a bad guy?” Though Elisha talks nonstop through every movie or tv show, this is the question that comes up most often.
My 5-year-old is programmed to see black and white when it comes to characters on the screen. But the question he asks so often is not always easy to answer. Every story is not about good verses bad. To complicate the answer further, every person is not strictly good or strictly bad. Most often a person has good qualities and intentions combined with some that aren’t so great.
While I want Elisha to know well the difference between good and bad, I hope to teach him that people are capable of both. Further, he should know that none of us are “good” on our own; goodness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. And finally, I want him to know that “badness” is often the product of a person needing something in life he isn’t getting, and always the product of needing God.
Sometimes there is a big difference between the good guys and bad guys, but usually we’re just guys, good and bad.