As I watched the horrific video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck as Floyd begged for his life as he was so impassively choked to death, I was sickened because I saw the part of my own humanity that I never want to associate with my identity. None of us want to believe WE are capable of committing such an unspeakable crime against humanity. We want to believe that people like Chauvin are a horrible aberration, or even somewhat subhuman but—NEVER—like us.
But he is.
We don’t like to talk about “sin”—but there is no better time than now if we truly want to get to the root of the problem and make this world a better place. We can’t fix the problem if we don’t know the truth. Sin is a terrible disease which resides in our heart. The Bible says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) The truth? OUR heart is so desperately wicked, that we can’t even comprehend it. We spend our entire life trying to conceal what’s wrong with us behind our good deeds, exterior polished looks, and accomplishments. We are consumed with our inadequacies so we use fig leaves to make our outside presentable just as Adam and Eve did after they ate the fruit in the Garden. But, man’s plan to cover sin would never reconcile him to God, so “God made tunics of skin, and clothed them,” as a foreshadowing that the cost for redemption was the shedding of the innocent blood of God Himself. (Genesis 3:21)
God had a plan for our desperate need—but it cost Him everything.
Christ came to die and serve as our atonement to reconcile our desperately wicked heart to God. We ALL need reconciliation: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) But without an understanding of the desperate wickedness of our own heart, and thus our need to be reconciled, we will never understand the abject poverty of our soul without God’s gift. We need to understand—that in the eyes of God—OUR sin is as bad as what we saw Chavin do to Floyd. Our sin is the reason Christ—the only innocent man to walk the earth—was crucified.
When we understand our nature, we can understand our need, and then, we KNOW God’s grace is our only option.
Science, wealth, and education will not solve the atrocities of racism. Nazi Germany was educated, cultured and wealthy, but when Hitler proclaimed Jews were subhuman and the torture and killings began—“educated” society looked the other way and were complicit in the death of over 6 million Jews. The best education we can give ourselves in order to stifle the evil which resides within our heart and thus, pollutes the world around us—is to know the TRUTH: We are ALL sinners in need of GRACE.
When we understand our desperate need for God—we can be reconciled to Him. Until then—we’re just clothing ourselves in fig leaves and hiding behind trees—trying to come to God on our own terms. We are completely powerless in the fight against evil because, until God redeems us—we are part of it. (Genesis 3:7-8) God came to SEEK and to SAVE the lost—that’s ALL of us!
Jesus died for the sins He didn’t commit—so we didn’t have to.
“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3-5)
It is only through the gift of salvation that our soul is reconciled to God, and it is only in HIS holy presence, we learn to love others like He does.
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