In Joe Stowell’s excellent talk on Monday, he distinguished between the Greek terms for good, agathos and kalos. He said that agathos meant something like moral purity and kalos meant acts of service. He illustrated the difference by saying that if you pass by a pornographic shop on the street, that is agathos good works, and if you give $5 to a panhandler, that is kalos goodness.
When I wrote to thank him for his speech, I jokingly asked whether giving $5 to a panhandler is really a kalos deed, or have you just bought that fellow a drink? Joe responded back in kind, saying that Jesus healed a blind man without wondering whether he would use his newfound sight to stare at women.
Joe meant it as a joke, but it got me thinking. I have never considered what it would have been like to be tempted in the very area that I was healed by Jesus. Would a former blind man think twice before using his redeemed sight to sin? If it was me, I think I would.
Then it struck me that I am that blind man. We read Augustine in class this morning, and he said that our vitiated nature has been restored by Christ. Just as it would be unthinkably inappropriate for a healed blind man to use his restored sight to lust, so it is wrong for us to use any of our redeemed members for sin. As Paul says in 1 Cor. 6:19-20, “you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”