3 John says this: “Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.”
Taken in context, there is at least one radical thing this means. There might even be two radical things this means. I’ll be interested to hear thoughts about that.
The context is that John’s writing about his plan to deal with an unloving person who calls himself a follower of Christ. This guy isn’t being hospitable and open.
It seems clear: He’s saying that this guy isn’t a real follower of Christ. He’s a poseur, an imposter.
The people I had a virtual temper tantrum about yesterday, those knucklehead folks that were out protesting when they should have been doing something to help a situation, in my opinion this applies to folks like them. Or those boneheaded “Christians” who show up to protest at veternan’s funerals. Or funerals of people who die of AIDS.
It’s kind-of reassuring and refreshing. I’m called to love these people but I don’t have to identify myself with them. I don’t have to answer for their foolishness. They are doing evil. They are not from God at all.
The other ramification, equally radical: there are millions of people who are from God who don’t even know it. Some of them might even hate God, but they are still doing good.
I think that sometimes we Christians want to claim a monopoly on goodness. If there’s not a cross on it, if it wasn’t purchased at a Christian bookstore, if it wasn’t endorsed by some pastor, then we are unsure about whether it was good. It seems to me that this verse flies in the face of that.
What do you think?