Total Depravity and our World Today

Posted: December 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Many of you reading this have probably heard the word depravity. Many of you may have never heard of the word at all.  Depravity simply means wickedness or immoral corruption.  Biblical Theology tells us that depravity is the innate corruption of human nature, due to original sin.  Original sin happened way back in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.  When Adam and Eve took the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  The very tree God told them to stay away from.  Paul reminds us of Adams sin in Romans chapter 5 verse 12.  “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man (Adam), and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” ESV.

Sin came into this world through Adam, and because of that original sin, every person born into this world is born wicked, sinful, disobedient toward God… depraved. There are no exceptions. The only person born into this world that never sinned was Jesus who came into this world to die for our sins and prove to be the better Adam.  As a matter of fact Paul go’s on to say in Romans chapter 5 verses 18 and 19 that “as the trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one mans disobedience (Adam) the meany were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience (Jesus) the many will be made righteous.” (ESV). Simply put, Jesus came to die for our sins, to take on the full wrath of God so we didn’t have to and change our dark and wicked hearts to a new heart full of light and truth for those who put their faith in Jesus and confess him as Lord. (Romans 10:9-10)

As I think about the total depravity of man and the saving work of Christ on the cross, it leads me to think about the world around us.  Just this morning I have seen where a police officer was shot and killed in Chattanooga, just days after 6 young children died as a result of a bus accident that was potentially caused by a bus driver who wanted to inflict harm.  Also this very moment eleven people are being held hostage in a bank in Jacksonville, Florida.  Just days ago a young man ran into people with his car and stabbed others on the campus of Ohio State University.  Two men were arrested in my home state of Tennessee for starting wildfires, fires that potentially claimed a large part of Gatlinburg.

Why? Why are people acting this way? Why is all of this happening around us and seemingly getting worse? We want to “fix” all that is broken in our society.  We have seen new programs being rolled out in our communities, we see laws trying to go into affect to stop certain crimes, we see education classes trying to teach against a certain outcome in life such as teen pregnancy, etc… We can’t “fix” anything or anyone.  We have to realize that this world is broken, we have to realize the human heart is desperately wicked as Jeremiah 17:9 tells us.  It’s total depravity.  The reason we see the turmoil is simply unregenerate hearts living out the only thing it knows. Wickedness. Sin.

How do we “fix” this problem? The problem has already been “fixed!” The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ made a way for us to forsake the chains of sin and death and put on righteousness and eternal life.  The battle has been won, death has been defeated, Jesus reigns in eternity and is seated at the right hand of the Father. The problem has a solution, but the problem of sin isn’t the biggest problem.

We are seeing the human nature of people play out through their sin.  It’s tough and it’s hard to watch.  We want to point our fingers at the “big” sins that get broadcast on the local networks and social media, but we never look into our own hearts and see the sin we commit daily.  From large to small anything that we do, say or think that is contrary to the word of God is a sin that offends a holy and perfect God.  As God calls us to himself and we put our faith in Jesus and confess him as Lord, repent (turn from)of our sins and follow him, we, at that moment, become a Christian.  So what’s the problem? We keep it to ourselves.

Yes, the problem that is much larger than the sin we see around us is the fact that Christians keep the Gospel to themselves.  Think about when you became a Christian.  Who told you about Jesus? Who proclaimed the Gospel to you? As the Holy Spirit stirred in your heart and God called you to salvation I’m willing to bet there is someone you could name right now that told you the good news of Jesus Christ and how he came to die on this earth for your sins and that through him you could be made righteous and have a relationship with God the Father, and that your sins are covered by the blood of Jesus. Am I right? Is there someone? Then why are most Christians quiet about their faith?

How many people do you think we come in contact with on a daily basis? Most of us cross paths with many people during the day and week.  How many of those people are Christians? Unless we truly know the person, we don’t know who is or who isn’t a Christ follower.  With that thought in mind, how many people do we come in contact with that might be about to do the unthinkable like shoot a police officer, rob a bank or drive a bus to fast or start a wildfire near your hometown?  What if they aren’t about to do anything major like that, what if they are just normal people that live a life continually offending and sinning against God, and if they died without knowing Jesus they would spend an eternity in hell? Yes, the problem is bigger than we imagine.  Our silence as Christians will always be overpowered by the loud acts of sin.  It’s time we do something.

We all have a birthday and we all have a day that we will die.  You have probably heard it said that what you do with that dash between the two dates matters.  It may sound cliche or cheesy but it’s true.  What we do in life matters, and it isn’t about how much wealth we can gain, or how successful we can become or the type of cars we drive.  It’s about knowing Jesus as our Savior and telling others about the saving and redeeming work of Christ. We can’t change or “fix” people, but there is something about hearing the Gospel, the good news of Jesus, that allows the Holy Spirit to move in someones life which will lead to salvation.  Let’s stop being part of the problem as Christians, and be part of the solution.

#MakeDisciples

Steven

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