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Not Surprised Nor Amazed


I often see some Christians totally dumfounded, surprised, and amazed over the evil they see around them.  Why is government so ungodly?  Why are schools so liberal?  Why is the business world addicted to the all-mighty dollar?  Why do some priests sexually abuse little boys?  Why is there corruption in church?  Why do people hate, steal, kill, cheat, and lie?  On and on it goes.  All that and more neither surprises nor amazes me.  What does surprise and amaze me is how many Christians are so surprised and amazed at the prevalence of sinful evil in the world around them.  Have they never read Jeremiah 17:9?


"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"


Jeremiah 17:9 states the fundamental Biblical position concerning the human condition.  We, including Christians, are so inherently sinful that we are unable to recognize how sinful we are.  If this is not your foundational concept of human nature, then all you believe about the human condition is based on an unbiblical faulty premise. 


In case you think Jeremiah 17:9 is just an Old Testament concept, read Romans 7:24.  After a self examination, Paul, one of the most effective Christians ever, agreed with Jeremiah.  


"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?"


Despite the fact that Paul understood himself to be a totally brand new creation in Christ, as seen in 2 Corinthians 5:17, he still battled with his sinful human nature that habitually tried to assassinate his new nature in Christ.        


No, nothing about the human condition surprises nor amazes me.  We are all in the same sinking ship of sinfulness, and we will be, until the day comes when Jesus sinks that ship in the sea of divine judgment for good.  Until then, I am eternally thankful to Jesus that He has written my name in the Lamb's Book of Life where there is no hint of my inherent sinfulness associated with my name.  He has declared me to be without sin, just as He Himself is without sin, and that despite of my ever-present sinful nature.  He views me as being totally righteous, just as He Himself is totally righteous, and that despite the fact that I am far from righteous.  Now that is what amazes me.  Does it amaze you?    

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