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The Depravity of Man June 27, 2007

Posted by Joe in Links, Random Musings.
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Lar,

You asked me the other day about resources to help someone more adequately understand the depravity of man. Well, the other day I came across a video that, in my opinion, speaks about as clear to the depravity of man as anything I have ever seen. And as I was reading Psalm 119 this morning I felt compelled to share it, for I read, “My eyes shed streams of tears because people do not keep your law.”

The video is of a man at a rally for Atheists in our capital city. He, along with some others apparently, have a website that is designed to mock Christianity and thus, mock God. Well, at this rally, he did just that. He was ‘preaching’ (in a so-called comedic way) and the arrogance in his words and in the laughs of the people in the crowd serve as clear evidence for the depravity of man. Hearts are very hard brother. And lest we view this video and get angry, let us be careful to remember that, apart from the grace of God, we would be the man speaking, or the people laughing–or the soldiers who mocked and spit upon and beat the Lord Jesus Christ.

I do not shed tears nearly enough, particularly over the hardness of the human heart. But maybe, just maybe, that is because I don’t take enough time to think about our great sin, to really look it in the eye and face up to our depravity. Though I was really offended by this video, I was made to face up to our great sin (and to all that I could be apart from Jesus). I was also led to mourn. And that is a good place to be. Romans 1 is real Lar. You know that, of course. So also is Romans 3. God is not pleased with the human race precisely because we have set ourselves up as little gods, pseudo-sovereigns as it were. Yet He continues to reach out in love and point us to the ultimate act of love through the gospel. If you choose to take 8 minutes to view this video, be prepared to be offended and to mourn and to pray for the Lord to usher in His kingdom and fill the earth with the knowledge of His glory. For only then will all things be might be made right again.

It could be us Lar. It could be us. We could be the ones blaspheming the name of God in front of crowds and all over the Internet. But God stepped in! In mercy, He set us apart. He gave us eyes to see and ears to hear, though we were nothing more than rebellious, God-belittling sinners. May our lives be inundated with humble rejoicing.

Thankful for His sovereign grace,
Joe

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