Every human being is born flawed. We are willful. Parents see this behavior beginning as early as 18 months and quickly moves into what is commonly referred to as “The terrible twos.” Based on my previous post, all of us have genetic issues, nurture issues from childhood and our own strong desire to not have anyone else tell us what to do, we are rebels at heart.
Paul said, he wouldn’t have even known sin if there wasn’t a law to violate. When there is a rule, law, guideline put out there by God, Government or Employer, our human nature wants to challenge it. Divine laws are given for a couple of reasons. The first is to reveal the nature and character of God. The second is to protect us. The third reason is that no one will be able to stand before God’s law and say they are “righteous” apart from Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
One of the plagues of our current society is we don’t want to take responsibility for our own lives. Not many are willing to say, my battle with obesity, alcohol, sexual immorality, drugs, laziness, workaholism, anger, gambling, etc. is my battle. It is all blamed on society, disease, metabolism, yada, yada, yada.
Many in society don’t accept a biblical worldview and we stand by and watch our country unravel before our very eyes. It is impossible to be my age and not be able to see in our lifetime the degradation of our country. There has always been all these sins prevalent among people. The difference is in the first 200 years of our country the community opinion was they were not acceptable. Therefore, people had a higher sense of moral integrity, they fought their battles. They trusted God to help them rise above and defeat their own demons, and lawless living wasn’t flaunted it was scorned. A much smaller percentage of our society just threw off restraint and did whatever they chose to do, which is the growing majority today.
So, now we live in a world where if you can’t cope with life and choose to medicate with drugs or alcohol you have a disease. If you are morbidly obese it’s not the 5,000-8,000 calories a day you put in your mouth it is some other reason, just not yours. If your family has lived on welfare for generations and spend their days waiting for the next government check, it isn’t that you are lazy, it is just the way we do it. If you have made poor choices by committing any type of sexual immorality, you were just acting on your impulse or you were hard-wired to act out the way you do and as Lady Gaga sings, “Baby you were born this way!” Your choice really doesn’t come into play.
I don’t expect this to ever happen, but until each of us humbles ourselves before God and surrenders to Jesus as our Savior and surrender ourselves to live within a biblical framework, not twisted to justify my particular battle, as a nation we will continue down the path we are currently on. It is a path that heads to destruction both personal and national.
No one is exempt from the internal struggle of doing it my way or God’s way. Even those who become Christians still battle the rest of their lives to live one day at a time in a healthy, humbled, surrendered way. Everyone has their own demons to fight, I know I sure have my own. On any given day, I may choose my own way but when I do, there are consequences to bare. Oh, how well I know that. I also have no business judging others.
There are only two groups of people on the globe today. People who say, “I will do it my way,” and those who say, “I will strive to do it God’s way.” When the bulk of society chooses #1. There is little hope. Bible prophecy will be fulfilled, “In the last days terrible times will come. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. . .they will love pleasure more than they love God. 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
Kind of sad to watch the battle in myself and others all around. Sadder yet to see people throw God and the Bible out and just give in to their own ways. God help us all!
Wow! You hit the nail on the head Brother.Thanks Scott.
Regards, Steve Clark
So true, so true, so true. Thanks for sharing, Scott. Eric
Great words. Thanks for sending. Great seeing you last week as always.
Thanks Alex! Great seeing you as always.