Monday, October 5, 2009
Crusades And Causes
I simply loved reading what Os Chambers had to say in the quote below, such wonderful succinct and to the heart revelation this is!
It is so appealing joining a cause or crusade to try and get this world of nasty liars cleaned up, without revelation of His heart and how He has treated us, we will in our own polite way become hate mongers.
When is the Son going to rise and awaken in our thinking, that apart from revelation, it will be either a blatant or subtle form of trying to legislate some form of ‘Christianized morality’ on people.
Whether it’s trying to get men to be manlier, or to see the injustices within our governments to get their act together, or whatever, if it isn’t you and me simply loving every person He loves and has forgiven, then ‘IT’ sadly becomes a cheap substitute.
This in particular spoke to me, “The disposition of sin is not immorality and wrong-doing, but the disposition of self-realization - I am my own god. This disposition may work out in decorous morality or in indecorous immorality, but it has the one basis, my claim to my right to myself.”
Which one of us was NOT ruled by that disposition of “self-realization-I am my own god”?
It talks about us having been by nature ‘children of wrath, sons of disobedience’ and how was that altered in us, by someone laying their own brand of morality on us, or was it simply choosing to respond to his relentless invitation to accept His full to overflowing heart of love for us?
Then how do we think anyone else is going to begin to want to respond, choose life over death unless they see something much more than cleaned up versions of morality much like freshly fallen snow covering up a pile of shit?
If a person isn’t at a heart level transformed, then simply getting whatever results we think are needed and necessary from them, is only going to put a pretty face on the Devil.
The Bible does not say that God punished the human race for one man's sin; but that the disposition of sin, viz., my claim to my right to myself, entered into the human race by one man, and that another Man took on Him the sin of the human race and put it away (Heb. 9:26) - an infinitely profounder revelation. The disposition of sin is not immorality and wrong-doing, but the disposition of self-realization - I am my own god. This disposition may work out in decorous morality or in indecorous immorality, but it has the one basis, my claim to my right to myself. When Our Lord faced men with all the forces of evil in them, and men who were clean living and moral and up right, He did not pay any attention to the moral degradation of the one or to the moral attainment of the other; He looked at something we do not see, viz., the disposition.
Sin is a thing I am born with and I cannot touch it; God touches sin in Redemption. In the Cross of Jesus Christ God redeemed the whole human race from the possibility of damnation through the heredity of sin. God nowhere holds a man responsible for having the heredity of sin. The condemnation is not that I am born with a heredity of sin, but if when I realize Jesus Christ came to deliver me from it, I refuse to let Him do so, from that moment I begin to get the seal of damnation. "And this is the judgment" (the critical moment), "that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light."