Sunday, June 12, 2005

Low View of Sin

A text I read and disliked.

"People make God's will harder than it needs to be. It is not primarily a device for deciding details. (Where do I live? What college do I choose? Whom do I marry? Should I drink Pepsi or Coke?) God's will is more about finding out about God. Jesus simply summed up God's will for your life when He said: 'And you must love the Lord you God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.... [and] love your neighbor as your self' (Mark 12:30-31). That's it no secret formula. No list of 'pros and cons.' Just staying focused on God. The details and decisions of your life will fall into place if your heart is in the right place--and that's what 'God's will' is all about. Remember that God's will is not so much a function of time and place as it is an attitude of the heart."

I dislike this text because it has a low view of sin and this creates a misconception about the Christian life.
Romans 3:10-18

As it is written, "None is righteous, no, not one;
No one understands;
No one seeks for God;
All have turned aside, together they have become worthless.
No one does good, not even one.
Their throat is an open grave;
They use their tongues to deceive.
The venom of apses is under their lips.
Their mouth is full of bitterness and courses.
There feet are swift to shed blood;
In their paths are ruin and misery.
And the way of peace they have not known.
There is no fear of God before their eyes.

It would seem to twist the text to say that this is not the experience of believers. For None=None, No one= No one, All=All. This text shouldn't sunrise us at all if we consider the verse quoted in the text.

"And you must love the Lord you God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.... [and] love your neighbor as your self."

The is good and holy and just, but it is deadly when sin uses it. For sin makes us utterly incapable of loving the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul for one second. If you wish to please go read the Romans text again as you missed the entire point. Thus the text thus creates the misconception that everything will fall into place if our heart is right with God. This has two problems.

1) Our hearts are never right with God, even our best actions are flawed (see Romans text above).

2) The Christian life is one of great struggle, need for repentance and fasting.

This way the falling into place of the Christian life is an unrealistic and dangerous choice of words for those who God through his tender love has sent trials of immense proportions to them. Things may 'fall into place' but they may fall into place after facing difficulties of many kinds and after much prayer. Where do I live? What college do I choose? Whom do I marry? Should I drink Pepsi or Coke? All of these things listed (well accept the last its ridiculous to place with the others) can and often are long and difficult decisions for many. Just loving God does not bring the difficulty out of life and make everything fall into place. Things often bang, scratch, and crash into place in our lives even for those who walk with God.
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