“People are the worst!”
Have you ever made this generalized statement?
Or maybe instead of saying it, do you ever just avoid people altogether?
Or maybe it’s not that you avoid people, maybe its just that everyone else seems to be bigger idiots than you. Or worse sinners than you. Or more awful than you in general.
It’s easy to look at the world and the horrors that take place through people around the world, and not be at least a little cynical about humanity. It’s easy to look at the beggar on the streets and judge her for making poor life choices. And it’s just as easy to look at those we associate with every day and want little to do with them, or simply be done with them.
YOUR SIN IS WORSE THAN MY SIN
I want to ask you a question that I want you to be super honest with yourself about: Have you or do you ever look at another person and scoff at the sin/bondage/addicton/choices they’re living in?
MY SIN IS WORSE THAN YOUR SIN
Let’s flip this question around and ask this of ourselves: Have you or do you ever look at yourself and scoff at your own weaknesses, mistakes, or past sins?
SURPRISED BY HUMANITY
A few years ago, I had a huge wakeup call regarding humanity—both regarding other people and myself.
I used to swing on the pendulum between these ways of thinking. One day everyone seemed awful except me. The next day, I felt like the worst human on the planet.
And then I got to studying Romans 5:12-21.
Through studying it, I realized that I had been a slave to darkness my entire life, I just didn’t know it.
No one had ever told me.
I had heard that sometimes people get enslaved to stuff. That some people have addictions.
But I had never heard that all people everywhere are born slaves equally.
This changed absolutely everything. It had a leveling effect I couldn’t have foreseen. Suddenly I was just like everyone else. Neither worse than them nor better than them. Suddenly other people didn’t seem as awful, disgusting, wretched, stupid, or blind as they had before. Suddenly I wasn’t the worst human on the planet.
i was just human.
And so was everyone else.
HUMANITY IN ROMANS 5
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned… (Romans 5:12)
As the first created human, Adam held the entire human race within him. This is key. If you read Genesis 3 carefully, you’ll notice that Adam and Eve didn’t know they were naked after Eve took the fruit and ate it. They noticed they were naked after she handed it to Adam and he took and ate it. This is because even Eve was taken from Adam’s body. By entering Adam, the enemy—the devil—entered every human that would ever be, including Eve.
WHAT SLAVERY IS
We tend to think that we can stop sinning if we want. That by making good choices and loving others we’ll stop being enslaved to darkness. But when we think like this, we’re living ignorant of the way sin works. And we’re missing freedom altogether.
Sin begins inwardly, with a lie of the enemy. I could make all the “good choices” in the world while believing all the subtle lies of hell.
But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust…
Lust is desire to do, say, act, or think a certain way, and believing the lie that God won’t supply for said desire.
…Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin…
Sin is taking what we don’t trust God to give us. Be it strength, wisdom, ability, courage, faith, the right words, the right actions, the power to do what we long to do. Sin is self-sufficiency.
…and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death…
Death is living empty of and apart from God’s glory… from our own resources, from our in-born slavery.
…Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. (James 1:14-16)
It all starts with believing a little white lie.
Freedom only comes in the form of trust. If you’re not actively, consciously, deliberately trusting God to resource your every moment, word, action, thought, you’re not living free. Freedom is born from trust in God, and it results in amazing intimacy with Him.
May today be the day our paradigms regarding humanity and sin begin to shift.
May today be the day we see ourselves on the same level as everyone else. Neither worse nor better.
May today be the day we stop judging everyone else’s slavery.
May today be the day we begin to see our inability in our flesh to stop hearing the lies of the enemy.
May today be the day we take a giant step toward trusting Jesus’ every word.
May today be the day we see humanity—including every single person on the planet—as the race of God’s choice and affection, stolen into slavery by the enemy…
… the day we start seeing the true culprit of the sin of the world…
… and start believing and living as if “humanity is the best.”
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