Monday, November 01, 2010

Man Is Good--That's What They Say

From Blog10


Man is good. That's what they say,
While wars and tyrants maim and kill.
Man is good. That's what they say,
While men rebel and seek their will.

Man is good. That's what they say,
While walking past some victim's tomb.
Man is good. That's what they say,
While killing babies in the womb.

Man is good. That's what they say,
While they're pursuing their own way.
Man is good. That's what they say,
But tell me: is there hell to pay?

The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?

--Jeremiah 17:9, NLT

The good news of forgiveness in Jesus isn't really good news at all unless we understand how desperately hopeless our situation would be without him. People don't just need a little fixing. If all of the bad things people do are merely the results of the oppressive social structures of their environment, then where did those oppressive social structures come from? No, the bad things we do don't come just from outside us. They come from deep within us. That's why we need new hearts. That's why we need new life in Jesus. That's why we need to have the HOLY Spirit living within us.

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