This is not a political post, it’s a spiritual one.
Because this week’s news and the outrage it’s caused has highlighted one thing with great clarity – every single one of us has a sinful nature that is capable of justifying ANYTHING. And not only justifying it, but truly believe we are doing what’s right. What struck me most about this photo is not just what’s on the sign, but the smiles on the faces of those holding it. The deceitfulness of sin is not just alive in them, it’s fully alive in all of us apart from God’s grace.
This week, I’ve been sobered by the reality that apart from Christ, my heart is capable of killing another living being and calling it a right.
It’s not only grieved me as it should all of us, it’s given me deep gratitude for God’s grace to save me from myself.
You and I don’t deserve it anymore than the next person, so this should not lead us to puffed chests and an attitude of superiority, it should put us on our faces in gratitude for his grace and mercy toward us to open our blind eyes. And it should lead us to grieve, pray, and plead for the hearts of everyone who calls evil good and good evil. It should lead us to show the love of Christ and the forgiveness he offers. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Friends, even as Christians, our hearts are deceitful and sins easily justified. May our spirits be stirred in light of these events to not only pray for the wisdom of those in power, the lives of babies, and the hearts of mothers, but for God to examine our own hearts and to lead us in paths of righteousness for his name sake.
Eternity is at stake.
Lord have mercy,