Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Deceitful Heart - More Social Media Wisdom

Sometimes, I want to gently pull aside some of the people who write things like the meme to the left and ask them if they ate paint chips as a child.  You don't need a PhD in Biblical theology to recognize that this isn't even common sense.

When has doing the right thing ever been the easy thing?

How often has doing the right thing been the thing that is the most interesting or alluring?

Here's an experiment.  Observe your kids to see what kinds of things grab their interest most... the thing they ought to be doing, or something that is shiny and fun?

Want to know why people sin?  Because it feels good.  Sin is fun.  It is exciting.  Temptation is temptation because of how alluring it is.  It makes us feel good, like we can forget our problems and finally enjoy ourselves... like we deserve it, even.  Sin feels good... for a while, at least.  But eventually, the blinders come off, and we realize how deceived we have been.  And then we turn around and look, and there is a wake of carnage trailing behind us.

"You know you are on the right road when you lose interest in looking back."  Tell that to Lot's wife.  She was on the right road.  She looked back, literally, and turned into a pillar of salt.  Oops!  Lot's wife illustrates my point -nine times out of ten, being on the right road is hard, and you will absolutely feel the pull to look back.  However, if you're on a road that is easy, then maybe you need to check yourself.

Listen, who knows.  Maybe you are on the right road -that is between you and God.  But please entertain the possibility that you have lost interest in "looking back" because your heart is actually hardening.  Hmm... I tend to think that is not a good thing.  The Bible talks about hearts being hardened.  It talks about consciences being seared.  It talks about those things within the context of sin and God's judgment upon sin.  Not good, sorry.

I think this ultimately all comes down to a flawed and self-deceived understanding of the human heart.  Some think the human heart is a good thing that will never steer us wrong.  "If it feels good, if it feels right, then it must be right..."  How has that worked out for you?  Ask the single mother who has four kids from four different men how that has worked out for her.  The Bible, however, says that the human heart is "deceitful above all things and desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9).  We're not all as bad as we could be, praise God, but we're not innocent, morally neutral beings.  Our heart is not going to steer us down the right road unguided.  It's going to ultimately steer us down the road of selfishness and self-deception.

"He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered." (Proverbs 28:26)

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