The Goodness of Depravity


As in the days of Bastille, the gates are being stormed again. What is to be set free this time? The notion of sin. Unlock it, let it fly away, let it be gone from us forever.The concept of human depravity, the archaic belief that we are somehow systemically sinful needs to suffer an extinction.

The human is good we are told, based on what? We don’t know, we are just supposed to believe it’s true, bad things that happen all have reasonable explanations.
Environment, illness, and unfortunate circumstances are all much more civilized explanations for bad behaviour then this black heart theory.

David knew better. He looked into his own heart and he saw the blackness that was there.

What did the acknowledgment of his own depravity do?

It made him humble — in this passage there’s not a trace of pride or arrogance, he was painfully aware of his sin

It made him grateful — God had chosen to bless him in spite of his depravity. Everything he had was more than he deserved

It made him worshipful — his heart overflowed in love for God because of his good fortune
. He was unworthy, but loved anyway. 

Without human depravity the natural tendency would be for

  • Humility to become pride  
  • Gratitude to become a demanding of my rights 
  • Worship to become self exaltation 

Human flourishing does not occur when these trade offs happen

“What more can I say to you about the way you have honored me? You know what your servant is really like.”

I Chronicles 17:18

     

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About Dennis Arve Wilkinson

Happily married, blessed with four children, thrilled to have started Meta Communities in 2011. Born in Calgary, raised in Winnipeg, undergraduate education in Wisconsin (NIU) & Seminary education in Minnesota (CBTS). During my time in the Midwest I gained about a dozen years of pastoral experience. It has been my privilege to travel to many parts of the globe and divine providence has smiled on me by allowing me to be mentored by several men of great character over the course of my life time. I am a follower of Jesus - though not without struggle. I am committed to joining God in the restoration of all things by telling, showing, and welcoming people into the good news of God's story. God's story of redemption in Jesus is the best story the human has -- I am letting the better story shape my life and helping others do the same.

Posted on November 22, 2016, in Dens Devotions, Wrestling with Worldviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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