Judges 17:6 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
Sounds like America does it not? Everyone both liberals and conservatives, police vs citizens, blacks vs whites, rich vs poor, women against men and people in this group or that group, here and there its seems are engaged in a verbal blood bath with one another. Left to our own devices and pathetic desires to be in complete control we will kill each other in rage. Can we all admit we all are despicable when we are left to ourselves? I’d say we are! Left to myself I am a monster and am not going to deny the reality of that.
James 4:1-4 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Our problems are not political but internal. In every single soul there is a desire to be king, dictator, chief and god of our worlds we egotistically construct. We pick friends who agree with us and seldom do people in general like being told they are wrong, even if deep down they know it. No rather we all have the inward deceptive trickery to accumulate for ourselves people who will support our lordship and agenda.
Yet, we face the sobering reality that we are not gods, and there is only one God who can command us how to live! In our human pride we writhe at such a thought and wish it away.
Was not Satan’s demise his desire to ascend and rule as God?
Isaiah 14:14-15 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.
Yet if a once holy angel fell for such corruption then how much more could unholy men and women by nature also fall prey to such error.
The root of every sin is pride and selfishness, every covetous, lewd, filthy, depraved desire springs out of such –
-People steal out of desiring what others have with no regard to anyone but self.
-People who murder kill out of selfish pride and disregard for anyone’s life but their own.
-People oppose eachother will hearts filled with prideful swollen notions that they are better, smarter, and more worthy of respect then others.
-People disregard God’s moral guidelines because they see themselves as having no need to be told what to do, how to live, act or think.
-People explode in anger because their pride and self righteousness are challenged
-People slam eachother with insults because “how dare anyone get in my way? – “Oppose my opinion?” -“Think they know better then I!”
-People cause harm to others without the slightest care “because it does not matter how it affects them and its about my pleasures and happiness”
Every sin, crime, and immoral or underhanded thing is rooted in mankind’s self absorbed wicked heart. The heart is the throne of man’s sinfulness. Every human is born with a heart hell bent on himself/herself.
Yet we are not without hope, no, we have found that yes “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
But “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whosoever shall believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
For God so loved who? The world! Did Christ come to save sinners? Yes. Did Christ come to save liberals? Yes. Did he come to save conservatives? Yes. Men? Yes! Women? Yes? Blacks? Yes! Whites? Yes? Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, Rich and Poor as well? Yes! What about Jews or Muslims or Buddhists, Atheists and Agnostics? Yes!
Romans 10:9-15 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
The good news is God loves humanity at its very worst to die for the sins of all mankind. All who in faith turn to Christ in repentance are completely forgiven and will become the children of God. He does not save any of us because we deserve it or earn it but because we accept this gift in faith! I was saved out of my life of sin not because I deserved it, no, I, Austin George, was saved because I was drowning in my sin.