by Dr. Mike Zachary
Do the right thing.
The old evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. used to say, “Do right till the stars fall.”
Ron Hamilton, better known as children’s songwriter Patch the Pirate, sang the do right slogan, making it memorable for kids of all ages.
From the very start
Have purpose in your heart
To do what’s right and never question why.
Never count the cost
Though everything seems lost.
The price for doing right is sometimes high.
Do right till the stars fall.
Do right till the last call.
Do right when there’s no one else to stand by you.
Do right when you’re all alone.
Do right though it’s never known.
Do right since you love the Lord.
Do right, do right.
As we begin another new year, we can be reminded of some things that we know for sure are right to do.
It’s always right to follow God’s leading. Of course, we know that God does not lead in a way that is contrary to His word; thus, people are foolish to say, “God laid it on my heart to rob the bank so I could give more money to the church.” But God still has a way of speaking to us. When He speaks, it’s always right to listen and to do what He says. We should be like the child Samuel and say, “Speak; for thy servant heareth” (I Samuel 3:10).
It’s always right to follow God’s word. Of course, theologians quibble about the details of how the Bible is broken into sections and which commands are applicable to people of this age. But it is certain that some things are always in order. As Paul wrote,
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22–23
May we determine in our hearts that we will follow the paths of righteousness (Psalm 23:3) and do our best to do right.