Monday, November 19, 2012

Print Page Slaves to Sin

Gay marriage won approval from voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington state marking the first time same-sex unions were approved at the ballot box in the United States. Referendums passed legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington state. What is going on? Can politics save us? Why would people want to take the country this direction? These are the questions we'll aim to answer  from a Biblical perspective.

It is a common misconception that all humans are sons of God. The Bible makes it clear that this isn't the case. In John 8:44 Jesus told the unbelieving Jews that the devil was their father. Not only are unbelieving Jews the son of the devil but so are all unbelievers. Matthew 13:37-39 records Jesus explaining the parable of the Tares to his disciples. The tares represent all unbelievers and are children of the devil according to Jesus. 2 Corinthians 4:4 informs us that not only are unbelievers the sons of the devil but that the devil is the king of this world and the he blinds the minds of unbelievers so that they will not believe. As unbelievers not only is the devil our father but we are slaves to our sinful flesh. As Jesus said in John 8:34 "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin". Paul, in Romans 6:20, tells us that we were all once servants of sin.

That is a lot of bad news but the good news is even better. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that when we are saved we become a new creation. Old things are passed away and all things become new. Once we place our faith in Jesus Christ we become sons of God (John 1:12, Romans 8:14). What a miraculous change that is available to all of us!

Because of man's fallen state we are better off putting our trust in the Lord than putting it in man (Psalms 118:8-9). Government will not save us, only Jesus Christ can do that (John 14:6). If we want things to change we need to share the gospel with the lost and make disciples as God has commanded (Matthew 28:19-20).  We should not be conformed to this world but to the will of God (Romans 12:2). The world will hate us if we are faithful to God (John 15:18-21, 1 John 3:13). Like Paul though we should embrace our persecutions (2 Corinthians 12:10)  and rejoice in the victory we have in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57)!