Just a thought I have been contemplating in the wake of the glaring misconception that people sin only because they are getting some kind of good feeling out of it, or some kind of payoff. We forget that we too were once slaves of sin.
The second error is like unto the first, and it’s this: That there are some sins for which the gospel is not possible to clean their residue. I actually thought of the moment when Neo says in that gosh-awful Matrix movie: “There is no spoon”. I hear it slightly differently, however. Namely, like this: “There is no gospel.” That’s basically what I hear a lot of professed Christians saying, about everyone but themselves of course.
Something powerful happens when you come to grips with your own screwedupedness. You have a newfound compassion and mercy for people making all kinds of crazy decisions under the mistaken notion that these choices will somehow earn for them the things they most desire. I was reminded too of this quote which has stayed with me from the time I first heard it several years ago. It’s one that anyone with a shred of humility can at least see a bit of truth in.
*This is not to say that there are no evil people. It’s just to say that there are more slaves and fools than truly evil people. “There but for the grace of God…” and all that good stuff.