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Christians, You Have Nobody to Blame But Yourselves

Christians, are you outraged at Planned Parenthood for trafficking human body parts? Are you absolutely livid that a 21 year old kid can go into a church and kill 9 innocent people? Are you fed up with economic problems, government failures and the loss of individual rights and freedoms?

What are you going to do about it?

Why should it come as such a surprise to us that Planned Parenthood could do such a horrific thing? Are they not already murdering innocent children? Where are you? Are you on the front lines protesting at abortion clinics?

Why should Dylann Roof not have murdered those people? He obviously wasn’t afraid of the consequences.

Do you really expect the lost to have any semblance of Godly compassion towards human life? They can’t, they’re lost. This isn’t to say that all non-Christians are murderers, however, it is to say that only Christians believe that the unborn are human beings, made in the image of God, knit together┬áby Him in their mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). And it is only upon this foundation that we can objectively argue that life is sacred, to be preserved, respected, and protected. All other arguments are subjective.

Further, does it come as any surprise that the SCOTUS defamed marriage, and stripped the states of their individual rights? Are you outraged about it? Were you outraged before it happened?

All of these, while outrageous, are not the problem. They are merely symptoms of the problem. The problem is sin–our sinful state.

While a righteous indignation toward these atrocious acts of violence and persecution are good, why do we wait until it’s too late to be outraged? We absolutely should be offended by the blatant attack on our Father.┬áJohn Calvin once said,

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.

Why does the selling of human body parts of murdered children for profit outrage us, but abortion didn’t? What makes abortion worse now than it was before this news came out? Is this not God’s judgement upon a nation that has thumbed it’s nose at him for decades?

Are you now more motivated by these events to do something about it? Or are you going to sit there and complain, and act infuriated by it for a while, then forget about it? If you weren’t affronted by sin before all of this, then your silence speaks speaks volumes about what’s in your heart. I’m certainly not innocent of this either, but it’s high time we recognize the real issue here.

We cannot expect a sinful world to act like Christians. They are lost, unregenerate, and in need of a savior. Their passion is their own lusts (1 Thes 4:5). Romans 1:28-31 gives us the description of a lost person’s state:

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

And Romans, Chapter 6 has this to say about those who have been saved:

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness… For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness… But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. (Romans 6:17-18, 20, 22)

So, unless you’re going to get up and go take the only solution to the world’s problem of sin to them, then you really have no reason to complain. The solution is Christ crucified for our sin, and raised to conquer death, and our work begins in the Church. Our church has become tolerant of sin. We have hid behind the comfort of our suburban lives and constitutional freedoms for far too long. We’ve been too lazy to engage the world with the Gospel, but quick to get behind politics. The Church has become a social and cultural engagement program, rather than a testimony of God’s grace through His Son Jesus Christ.

You call yourself a Christian. You pretend to be taken back by the sin you see in the world, yet you’re lying to yourself. If you really cared, you’d do something about it. But you don’t, because your faith is dead.

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2:17