Even with avoiding the news as much as I can the majority of what media has highly publicized still reaches me eyes. My heart gets so sad for this hurting world we live in. At times I feel anger stirring in me over lies and unfairness. Anymore I consider news media “Sin on Parade” as I watch personal agendas flooding the airways across our country and the world. Some sin is being applauded and some condemned. The world has decided it is the judge of what is wrong or right which has led us into deeper confusion and turmoil. This blog has been prayerfully on my mind for sometime as each week there is a new story defining our culture and the times we live in.
What I continue to see are people hurting and desperate. I see people pushing their opinions with selfish gain as their motivation. What I see are a lot of excuses being made for behaviors masked with fancy words and terms. I see a world trying to find healing in medications legal and illegal to provide a band aid for much deeper wounds. If a person claims to follow Jesus I see a world searching for any sin in their life to provide the excuse of “see they are no different”. As I see our government turn their backs on God the leaders of our country have taken on the image of a three ring circus ran by immature two year olds. These days it seems like no one is really interested in actually getting to the root of our problems.
Within my own life I have found that the only way to fix anything is to find the root, the source of the problem. When I weed my garden if I just pull the leaves of a weed it just comes back bigger and stronger. It must be pulled out by the root to stop the growth of a pesky weed. It seems the more “educated and scientific” we are the more we just pull at the leaves of problems instead of stopping them at their source.
What is the true source of all of the worlds problems? The answer can truly be summed up in one little three letter word. It is a word that no one wants to hear or use these days. Our pride and arrogance cringes at the sound of this word. It is SIN. We are all born with the nature to sin. Our sin starts as a thought we then have the choice to feed that thought and allow it to develop into action or to stop the thought at its beginning. These people who would gun down, bomb, or poison the innocent started with a thought. They build up excuses and reasons in their mind to justify actions they want to take and then act. They have become deceived. You can see the empty darkness in the eyes of these killers as their mug shots flash onto media screens.
Have you ever listened to a person who is having an affair talk? Just sit and listen to excuse after excuse. Justification after justification. It starts with a sinful thought and then action. There is a reason for their choice. It is sin.
Hang around with preschool children for a day and you will see that sin starts immediately in our lives. We come into this world selfish and greedy. There is evidence proving this point as one of the favorite and first words of a toddler is “mine”.
Our sinful nature is so powerful and pulls us to go the exact opposite direction God has planned and desires for us. The message of God’s word is consistent in the fact that we are to love God and others, serve others, be kind, gentle, forgiving, and thankful. The life of Jesus shows us the perfect example of a life lived out with these qualities. Our human sin drives us to be selfish, self serving, blaming, judging, prideful, arrogant, and pleasure seeking. In reality what kind of person do we want to be around? What we all desire to have in our life is someone that has the very attributes of God, but we shut out God and His word that provides instruction of how to have a life of joy, peace, hope, and a life that is everlasting. We shut out the source of peace and expect to have peace. The difference between someone who is a true follower of Jesus Christ and someone who is not is only the fact that a believer realizes how sinful they are, has been forgiven by the only one who can forgive sins, Jesus, and chooses to follow Jesus. Desiring to sin less and less in their life through the only power and strength that can help us with this weakness, Jesus.
To sum up the turmoil and confusion we see in the news media everyday is that “we are all sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 We can not cure ourselves. We can try to change physically. We can try medications to mask our deep emotional wounds. We can try to fill our void with material goods and addictions. We are lost confused people separated from our creator by our sinful nature. The good news is that Jesus is the answer to every single problem that is in the world today. The problem is sin and the answer is Jesus. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Come to know Jesus today. Experience real love and allow Jesus’ love to live through your life in a desperate and hurting world. He is our hope and our future!!!