Righteous means God is “right, correct”. Righteous defines God qualitatively. Every other attempt to qualitatively describe God either limits or contradicts Righteous.
Well, we instantly see the rub in getting closer to God: How do we intentionally become more righteous? How do we become more right and correct in more situations? Our need to become more righteous is most likely not news to you. However, our focus on intentional righteousness is what makes this discussion different from every other examination of this issue.
The ways we are told to become more righteous are the same abstract answers we always get. We aren’t told what makes God Righteous so that we can replicate it our lives. We are given ambiguous directions that only result in frustration. For example, “read the Bible” or “trust God more” or “be more like God”. When we understand what makes God Righteous then we can know how to intentionally apply the principles in every application we encounter. What makes God Righteous?
The best way to answer this question is to look at the opposite result. What are the reasons we are not right or correct in our decisions? Every incorrect decision is actually the result of at least one of two causes: 1) Not having enough of the right data and 2) Not interpreting the data objectively.
God certainly has access to ALL the data. That’s why people say, “God is all knowing”. How many times have you heard someone say, “I didn’t know about that” when they were being corrected? One of the ways to become more right is to know more. For example, when we have a crisis, we need to focus on getting more information rather than reacting emotionally. So we see that our righteousness depends on our knowing and thinking more, not less.
The other reason God is Righteous is because God is objective. How do we lose our objectivity? We lose it when we focus on proving our point rather than being open to learning more. We saw the way to combat this was through contrastive thinking.
The first sign of lack of objectivity is the appearance of apparent contradictions and the individual’s response to them. People who have lost their objectivity will fight for the existence of contradictions in their beliefs, even though it proves the belief is wrong. In fact, we try to allow contradictions in the areas in which we are comfortable and don’t want to change. We saw this when we covered growth vs. comfort.
We can intentionally increase our ability to be right by learning more and becoming more objective. Again, this requires thinking. This is God’s way of thinking. However, we have our own way of thinking. Now we see why God’s ways are so much higher than our own. This is not easy to do. It doesn’t come naturally because it is not in our nature, so we have to do it intentionally.
Notice: Right exists whether we realize it or not. In fact, the most damaging thing that can occur is for us to believe we are right and NOT ACTUALLY be right!
God has all the information and can correctly interpret the impact of the data because God is objective. I call this Big Picture and Long Term. God understands what will happen in all cases (Big Picture) over time (Long Term). Doesn’t that set God apart from us? We only see the moment.
God can be ALWAYS completely Righteous...