On any given day, scan the news, and look closely at what you find – supposedly ‘normal’ people doing extremely evil things. Take today, for example, a child sex ring has been exposed and, so called, normal people are found out to be leading double lives and the parents of the children are horrified. Or maybe the story of the soldier in Iraq who, with his friends, killed an Iraqi family and raped and killed their daughter. I could go on and on and on. And all of us would be horrified. There is so much evil lurking in the shadows, lurking in the hearts of men and women, that needs to be brought out into the light.
But here is the thought, we are quick to point the finger, but the truth be known, each one of us is inherently wicked. Each one of us has the potential within us to be the most horrenously wicked man or woman on this earth. Look at the atrosities of war – normal people become monsters!
It is not until we come to the fact that it is not everyone else who has a problem but we are all part of the problem. Jesus highlighted our sin condition. He said “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” (NIV) [Matt 5:21-22] And here, Jesus says: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” (NIV) [Matt 5:27-30]
We(ie: the human race) are the problem! We all need Jesus to transform us from the inside out. There is no other solution to our human condition. Each one of us needs to come to the place of acknowledging our sinful condition and repenting and inviting Jesus to come into our lives and transform our very beings, from the inside out, by His Spirit. There is no other way!