I Was Born This Way…Reflections

In session 4 of our Counter Culture Bible study (the Gospel and Sexuality), we considered the scenario of a person who behaves a certain way and justifies the behavior with the claim “I can’t help it; I was born this way”. How does the gospel compel us to respond?

Consider the passage of Scripture found in 1 Corinthians 6:9,10. In the New King James Version of the Bible the verses declare “9Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” When we think of a particular behavior or activity that is contrary to the Word of God we may sometimes be inclined to pick and choose which “sins” are worse than others. We then are inclined to establish a set of conditions or standards by which those who are involved with such “sins” must demonstrate their conversion and commitment to Christ, while the rest of us are not held to the same standard. For example, notice the word “covetous” in the list of sins identified in verse 10. Without bogging down in a study of Greek, we can simply take the word “covetous” to mean “having or showing a great desire to possess something belonging to someone else” as the Oxford dictionary defines it. One only need drive down any neighborhood street and observe the boats, campers, recreational vehicles and so on to easily conclude that more than a few people, many of whom identify themselves as followers of Christ, are “covetous”. We tend to want what others have and our prosperity, at least here in America, enables us to obtain those things we “covet”.

Taking the argument “I can’t help it; I was born this way” as our justification for the “covetous” behavior (or any other behavior in the list of forbidden activities listed above), how does the gospel compel us to respond? To begin with, it is correct that we are “born this way”. Psalm 51:5 would suggest that every human being is born with a vent toward sin. Romans 3:10 tells us that there is not even one righteous human. Romans 3:23 makes it plain that we are all sinners. So that is where we must begin our response: recognizing and admitting that we are all sinners who fall short of the glory of God.

The second thing we must do in response to sin is to realize our need of a savior. We must recognize that all of us, like sheep have gone astray and turned to our own ways (Isaiah 53:5,6). Whether it is the person who “covets” and seeks to remedy that “covetous” behavior with the acquisition of things or whether it is the homosexual who seeks to find lasting fulfillment through physical intimacy with others of the same-sex, we must all recognize that the works of the flesh will never bring us the ultimate satisfaction of being restored to right relationship with our Creator. That’s the reason God gave His Only Begotten Son as a sacrifice for us, paying our debt for wrong behavior and providing a means by which we can be made righteous in the sight of God. The gospel invites us all, everyone included in the list in 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 and throughout God’s Word, to turn away from our own path and turn instead to the Way, the Truth, and the Life found only in Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

So, yes, I was born this way and I cannot help myself. The gospel provides the answer: God can help me! He has provided my rescue in Christ! So the Good News of the gospel; the answer to the dilemma of “I can’t help it; I was born this way” is found in Christ. Thoughts?

~ by brotherfaron on September 25, 2015.

5 Responses to “I Was Born This Way…Reflections”

  1. As a clown, I have a trick where I change a quarter into a little quarter 1/2 inch across and back to full size. It always attracts attention and we talk about the fact that there are no little quarters we can spend, just as there are no little or big sins, no little lies and big ones. We break one part of God’s law, we have broken His law. Period. A new chapter in my life opened when I realized that. And He keeps reminding me that He loves the sinner, just not the sin. He loves me, but not my sin. But He has that sin, theirs and mine, covered by His own precious Blood.
    All that said, “I want” or “I need” is all too much a part of modern conversation, including mine. Even as I have all my needs met, and so many of my wants.
    Dear Jesus, open my heart and eyes to the needs around me as You take my eyes off of what I think I want.

    • Great comments! Thanks for sharing it with us. May God open all of our eyes to the needs around us and help us to be His hands extended. Grace in Christ, my sister!

  2. I have read chapter 5 these last few days and am having a big problem getting my mind around the figures. 27 million slaves in this world today. 27 million. Impossible. Several churches in this area have sponsored rallies against human trafficking. Bracelets and t-shirts proclaim support against this slavery. But now I read that 90% of young college men and 30% of college women have watched porn. And so many men and women frequent prostitutes. Burning both ends of the candle as they support human trafficking and stand against it, too. Channel 4 TV in DC had a report of several businesses in our nation’s capital where customers and neighbors report preteen girls working as waitresses and serving alcohol. The owners say the girls are just to visit with customers, provide conversation. Elected officials were asked to close the businesses down and agree to look into it. But, they point out, these businesses are very lucrative and pay many tax dollars. The owners refuse to let the girls be interviewed, saying they are not as young as they look. Nothing changes.
    27 million. There, but for the grace of God, I go. 27 million.

    • The numbers a staggering and they remind me of the “weight of sin”. The darkness around us is immense and the Light of the gospel is desperately needed. Even as we thank God for His grace and mercy in our own lives, may we be compelled to act with compassion to bring His Light to those still in darkness. I pray for God to pour out His Holy Spirit into His people, filling us with conviction that drives us to truly turn away from darkness and turn toward Christ. I pray for God fill us with compassion to care for those in both physical and spiritual slavery. I pray that God will give us strength in commitment to work to “set at liberty the captives”. Amen.

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