Sin is not so much a defect from perfection as it is a factual characteristic of man. Consider the lowly carrot. When a farmer harvests his carrot crop he does not expect to find black fungus on each carrot which must be removed before sending it to market. Only the rare carrot reveals such cancer when the covers of its earthen bed are removed.
Every human is conceived and born with the black fungus of sin. Unlike the lowly carrot, sin is a fact of human nature, not an exception.
“If you refuse to agree with the fact that there is vice and self-seeking, something downright spiteful and wrong in human beings, instead of reconciling yourself to it when it strikes your life, you will compromise with it and say it is of no use to battle against it.” – Oswald Chambers
What would a farmer do if confronted with a carrot crop that was uniformly diseased with putrid lesions? A worthy farmer would begin the battle as soon as he pulled a second carrot covered in slime. No farmer will surrender his crop to a disease without putting up an all out fight.
How did America lose its courage?
Throughout history mankind has entered the fray of battle when confronted with life-threatening disease or circumstances. Polio is nearly eradicated on the planet because we didn’t surrender to it. When New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina it was rebuilt, not abandoned.
The United States is fast becoming a nation of quitters. The people are surrendering to sin.
Every newborn baby carries the stench of sin. Toddlers don’t learn to be selfish and egocentric – they come that way. Standard equipment on every new human includes chromosomes, a circulatory system, a unique genetic code, and a sin nature. Carrots do not come with spiritual rot, but people do.
Why would I suggest the people of the United States are quitters? Because battles against every new case of societal crud keep ending in capitulation. The United States lost its courage when the people lost faith in Jesus Christ.
Evidence of Surrender in a Nation of Quitters
- People are going to have sex so we need to make abortion legal.
- Kids are going to have sex anyway so we need to make birth control available.
- Drug addicts are going to use anyway so we need to provide free needles.
- Kids are going to push the fashion envelope anyway so why not let them show underwear, cleavage, and buttocks in school and in public?
- People are going to drive like maniacs anyway so let’s require seat belts and car seats for every kid under 6 foot 2 inches tall.
- People aren’t going to take responsibility for eating properly and exercising so let’s criminalize the sale of soda and chips.
- People are going to embrace deviant behavior anyway so let’s find a way to celebrate it.
- Christians are going to sin anyway so why not just accept it?
That’s the problem. Christians have accepted the black fungal parasite of sin that lives on the human spirit as an inevitability. Satan smiles each time a pastor preaches salvation without repentance and transformation.
Jesus Christ never said enough was enough and it was okay to surrender. Quite the opposite. Jesus said to hold fast, to persevere, to remain faithful unto death. Yet, Christians compromise and capitulate at every turn in the pursuit of politically correct tolerance – and because we’re going to sin anyway, so……
Don’t be a Quitter – Fight the Good Fight
But how is it possible to continue to fight? How do we know where our being right ends and someone else’s being wrong begins? Sin is inevitable, isn’t it?
The answer to all three questions is Jesus Christ.
In this world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer, Jesus has overcome the world. [John 16:33] He expects you to keep up the fight until He returns. Too many soldiers in the army of God have gone AWOL.
There is only one source of absolute truth and absolute right. That source is the Word of God. The only way to determine where right becomes wrong is through the written Word and the Word made flesh in the Person of Christ.
If you accept that sin is inevitable then you deny the power of the Holy Spirit to transform men into New Creations. To do so denies the power of the blood of Christ and calls the explosion that rocked all Eternity at the Resurrection a lie.
This is a pivotal time in human history. Don’t give up and don’t give in. Stand firm. Persevere. Fight. We are not alone. We are being watched.
Whose voice will you hear when you earn this praise, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”? Whom do you serve, the king of this world or the King of Kings?
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