From the Slime or the Divine?
Several years ago there was a popular song about someone making a mistake and cheating on their partner. The song kept repeating “We are only human,” as if that explained it and made it ok. Things like this drive me nuts!
Are we just evolved animals or are we divinely created? Here is something to consider. We live in a world of instant gratification where personal responsibility is politically incorrect. Any harm anyone does is now automatically justified and rationalized because of something that happened to them in the past and because they “are only human.” I mean, you put red meat in front of a dog, the dog is going to eat, right?
The thoughts bubbled up in me again this morning as I was reading Proverbs 16:32, which says:
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. (ESV)
In my quest for purity it does me no good to start from the standpoint that I happened by chance and evolved out of the slime. What pure standard would I strive for? I have learned you get into trouble and get the big head when you compare yourself to others. But when you compare yourself to perfection, to the One who created you, to the One who lived the perfect life, to the One who set the ultimate example by dying for you, you get humbled pretty fast.
In a world governed by natural law there is a thing called cause and effect. “Humans” who try and explain away God, and then proclaim that we should strive to live “morally” because it is the right thing to do, don’t even understand the dilemma they have created. How can there be such a thing as moral law unless there is a moral law-giver?
As Dad says, “You have a choice. The choices you make will either make your life better or worse.” When you learn to rule your own spirit and take personal responsibility, suddenly life becomes much easier on you. Don’t buy into the modern chorus of “we are only human.” We are divinely created and we have the seed of the Creator in us, which allows us to choose purity and rule our spirit. But make no mistake, it is a choice and the world will mock you for it. Just ask the Jonas Brothers about their stance on purity.