James A. Smith Sr.
Director of Public Relations
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Phillip Koo, a Ph.D. student in the School of Theology, challenged fellow Southwesterners to seek good by seeking God during his chapel sermon, April 25. Faculty selected Koo as the student preacher, an honor given each spring.
“Only when God’s people pursue good can true restoration occur,” Koo said. “It is not truth, justice and the American way; it is truth and justice done the Christ-centered way.”
Koo, who completed his Master of Divinity at Southwestern in 2012, preached from Amos 5:10-15. He noted that the nation of Israel had rejected God’s correction, leading to an oppression of the impoverished and a miscarriage of justice.
“There was a moral decay that had come from immorality and idolatry,” Koo said. He likened this condition to present-day America, where people reject God’s authority, marginalize the poor and pervert justice.
As God challenges Israel in Amos 5, Koo urged students to seek good, which he explained means seeking God since goodness is part of God’s nature. Likewise, Christians must love good as God does.
“If the standard is to seek good—that is who God is—then we are to have communion with God when we seek good,” Koo said. “Loving good would be to do the things God does—love the things God loves and hate the things God hates.
“Since we can seek good because that is who He is, and can love good because that is what He does, then we can establish justice because He’s the standard.”
Koo concluded by emphasizing the difference between being good and loving God.
“Be careful that you don’t leave here thinking that I'm trying to preach to you and tell you to be good. I’m not trying to tell you to be good; I’m trying to draw you to God and His goodness and what He did with His Son.”
Audio and video of Koo’s chapel message can be accessed at swbt.edu/chapelarchives.