Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Heart of Man

Well, it's been quite a while. I barely knew how to pick it back up again. The way I chose to go might not be the best way but it's something I've learned recently that I wanted to share. So I don't know if I ever said it earlier, but I have a weird interest in the genocides of Rwanda and Europe. I don't know where it came from but that's just the way I am. Anyway, I'm currently reading a book called Life Laid Bare , a book that has recorded accounts from survivors of the genocide in Rwanda.

While reading it a little while ago, I couldn't help but remember the words of Jeremiah uttered countless years before his fateful and inconceivable tragedy. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can understand it?". It's amazing how quickly perverse we become when God allows us to be. For the simple sustainment of everyday life, we need Him oh so much than we care to admit! Just look at the things man are able to commit! And this isn't the worse of it. I am in no way one to diminish the blow felt by Rwanda but a much greater tragedy has occurred. A massive rebellion. We've rebelled against a holy God and that is the worst that man, created to love Him, can do.

Our hearts set us on a suicidal journey of looking for things that will make us happier, healthier, and more prosperous. Whether we think the best will come from money, or things, or the mass extermination of unwanted people, it's all the same and all just as wicked in God's eyes. The heart is a deceitful little thing that has so much power over us. How can we overcome it's wickedness? Only through the strength of God. This walk is becoming harder and harder for myself and I imagine it'll become even harder very soon. Thankfully we have a sovereign God who is in control of all things, and a mediator who has suffered more than anyone ever has, we have Christ to reconcile us to the God we rebelled against.

Look at how desperately wicked the heart is...look how desperately in need we are of change, real change. Let us never underestimate our sinfulness, but rather take it deadly serious. It's so easy to write them off as nothing much but when we do that, we grow hardened. Imagine getting so hardened that we could even kill...it's happened before. I think Rwanda is a wake up call for us all. We need new birth and new life, we need Christ.