Why is This Happening?

The president of a nation, an ally of the United States, is under terrible accusation of sexual impropriety with numerous women.

The mayor of an influential American city is seen many times in the company of women, none his wife. It is noted that often in public he is “tipsy.”

The president of a large American evangelical church organization is caught in a homosexual relationship with a male prostitute.

Now, most recently, an American astronaut is placed under indictment for attempted murder as part of a “love triangle.”

Yesterday, a news media report contained the comment regarding the last of the above-mentioned incidents. The woman commenting said, “It’s too bad this had to happen to someone of her stature.” This gave me pause to spend some time thinking about this whole situation.

The Bible writer, Peter, quoting from the Old Testament, gives a pungent and appropriate poetic expression that bears upon our subject:

Humans wither like grass,
and their glory fades
like the wild flowers.
Grass dries up,
and flowers fall
to the ground.
But what the Lord has said
will stand forever” ( I Peter 1:24-25,CEV).

That no one is immune to the ravages of uncontrollable sin in the human heart is clear from the following quotation from the writer James: “Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead” (James 1:15,CEV).

The problem in our modern world of sophistication is that, for the most part, we have rejected all the above that God’s Word, the Bible has conveyed to us. When we wake up and renew our acceptance of His Word we will know why all this is happening to our society and what we can do about it.

As for my two quotations, the first in Peter’s writings speaks of the process of ongoing human failure before God while the terse words of James tear away any attempt we might make to “sugar-coat” human failure.

Whether president, mayor, minister or astronaut, we are all helpless to change our sin-prone ways. Helpless, that is, except for this one provision God made for our escape from the penalty and power of sin: the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Stature? Indeed, all we of human kind stand on the same ground as regards a holy God– we are depraved, Hell-bound, lost sinners, slaves to sin.

So, the solution is simply this: yield our lives to Christ, first to take away the penalty of sin. Then, yield our lives to Christ, daily, hourly, minute-by-minute to take away the power of sin. Here then, is the result as expressed by the Apostle, Paul:

“Now you have been set free from sin, and you are God’s slaves. This will make you holy and will lead to eternal life. Sin pays off with death. But God’s gift is eternal life given by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:22-23, CEV).

It is imperative that we get down off our proud high-horse and, complete with our sin-bound hearts, flee to Christ!

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