Reading Luke 6 for my small group this morning, I encountered the story of Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath. I imagine most people have at least heard of it.

6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.

9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored.

It was verse 9 in particular that struck me.

9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”

“To do good or to do evil?”

Those of us that haven’t fallen victim to a multiple choice education system (“Scantronism”, if you will… coining that) reflexively look for options beyond the ones that have been presented. But this is the word of Jesus. There’s a reason he only gave us two.

Regardless of your religion, it’s no stretch to say that Being needs improvement. Pick whatever word you want – fallen, broken, corrupt, malicious – we do not live in a perfect state. To preserve existence as-is is to actively reject salvation.

We can continue to break Creation, or we can work to repair it. We can miss the mark, or we can hit it. What constitutes a hit or a miss is debatable; we can hit with various degrees of accuracy; we can miss with various degrees of severity. But everything we do must be one or the other.

There is no third option.