Wednesday, June 28, 2017
A Word of Explanation
We live in a fallen world.
We need to understand this in order to account for the wicked, foolish, destructive (to self and others), and sometimes just downright annoying behavior of people.
And we need to understand this in order to understand the spiritual war that is going in in your heart and mind, Christian person, and also in my own.
You will have noticed that whenever your desires are thwarted, your perceived needs are not met, or you (and your "feelings") are not accorded the proper amount of respect, you (we) tend to get out of sorts and perhaps even behave peevishly.
And I'll admit it (and you may join me or not), the desire arises to act out, like Tommy Udo in the photo above.
Tommy was a sneering, snarling, giggling little homicidal wretch who would stop at nothing to get his way. This included pushing little old ladies in wheelchairs screaming down long flights of stairs.
I myself have never done this, nor have any of you whom I know. But I believe that the impulse to behave selfishly and to the hurt of others dwells deep inside each of our hearts.
Will you deny that you have dwelt on the desire to say something truly hateful or hurtful to some offending party, whether you acted on that urge or not?
I can make no such claim.
And so the conclusion of the matter is this:
Without God's restraining grace and mercy, who knows what deeds the human heart is capable of conceiving and executing?
Like the guy in the picture.