Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Uncomfortable Yoke

It’s the claim of the Bible that man is in a state of “enmity” against God. Scripture says,

“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Romans 8:6-7).

Who could deny the truth of this statement? Human nature is in a state of continual hostility towards the God of the Bible. This is never more evident that when blasphemy rolls human lips. The holy name of the One who gave us life is used in place of cuss words, from people in high public office, to entertainment in movies and on television, to school children, to the man and woman on the street. This “enmity” that finds expression through our mouths is deeply-rooted in our hearts. We are offended by the God of the Bible—by His moral requirements and particularly by His judgments that are consequential to those requirements.

Our “carnal” mind isn’t subject to “the Law of God” (the Ten Commandments), neither indeed can it be in subjection. We don’t like the thought of being accountable to God and will go to any lengths to shake off that uncomfortable yoke. We are like a wild steed that bucks in revolt when saddled with moral accountability. Anything that helps us to do that is therefore highly prized by a sin-loving world.

Photo by: Matthew Forsythe