“No one is acceptable to God! Not one of them understands or even searches for God. They have all turned away and are worthless. There isn’t one person who does right.”
~Romans 3:10-12, CEV
The depravity of man is the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time, the most intellectually resisted fact.
The scripture above is offensive to the great majority who in their pride are convinced that they are at least partially good. Giving a million dollars to St. Jude’s doesn’t make you good. Giving a million dollars for the right reason would make you good. The only right reason being for the glory of God. Man is capable of doing good things but he is not capable of doing them without vain motives. We can’t help it: we are cursed with an egocentric nature. We naturally think of ourselves first. We did not become this way, we were born this way. Those who Paul speaks of in Romans chapter one resist the fact of our depravity and reject the scriptures that teach it. They scoff at the truth about sin. They refuse to acknowledge their sin and thus they have no spirit of repentance. They are hell-bent on doing things their way, whether it be good deeds or bad. When we rebel against God’s authority, we become our own worse enemy. Our rebellion leads to bitterness and bitterness makes us toxic. We get involved in all sorts of destructive behavior and this behavior leaves a trail of destruction. This is what Paul says in verse 16, “Wherever they go, they leave ruin and destruction.”
This applies to anyone living in active rebellion against God. I’m not singling out those involved in sexual perversion. The drug problem may very well be doing more damage to our society than the perversion of sex. Alcohol is the number one drug problem in America and has been for my entire life time. Why is this? Well, for one thing, we will not admit that it is wrong and destructive. We’ve even labeled it a disease. As for as I know, it is the only disease that comes in a battle or can. Our stupidity amazes me…We say idiotic things like “drink responsibly.” Before long we will say, “Smoke weed responsibly.” Yeah, right, what about “commit adultery responsibly,” or “Murder responsibly.” Is there actually a way to break God’s law responsibly? Alcohol is killing people right and left but our culture pretends that it is not a problem. It is a problem and we need to talk about it. There is an elephant in the room and no one wants to talk about it.
If I had a dog that only bit one out of every three of my grandkids, I would get rid of the dog. I love all my grandchildren and one bit is too many. If we will give up our selfish agenda and focus on Christ, we can live for others and we can be HELPERS instead of hurting everyone we touch. As long as we choose to live in rebellion, we will leave a wake of destruction every where we go.
Loving this beautiful weather. We have four rows of round-up-ready sweet corn about three inches high. I cleaned out my green house yesterday–set all the flowers out so it will probably come a hard freeze.
Talked to Doug yesterday, he got his invitation to the fish fry on Saturday. He said he would have come had he gotten it in time. Got some deadlines to meet today: this weekend is going to be busy with the Egg Hunt and fish fry. God bless you, have a great day and thanks for reading the blog.
Sorry, I must have hit the wrong button last night…so the post is late…