Naughty by Nature
A female student attacked by a group of misogynist men in New Delhi was gang raped, dies in a Singapore hospital. Rudy Eugene, a front runner of the zombie apocalypse attacked a homeless man - Miami Florida police described the scene as “one naked crazy man eating off the face of a homeless man.” Newtown, Conn., Sandy Hook school shooting, Adam Lanza killing his mother and then kids, took his own life. Each sad and morbid headline comes with a perplexing paradox: naughty by nature and by nature, beastly. If man lived in a world that was free of God it would look like a circus at without a Ring Master – Chaotic!
- Same-sex marriage becomes legal in some states
- Female Texas teacher was convicted of having group sex with students
- Roommate decapitates roommates head and flees
- 2 dead, 3 hurt in shooting due to an argument
The power of choice – freewill
Freewill is given to mankind, and only to mankind. A whale can’t decide to one day eat sharks. A bird can’t look at a bee and decide it wants to procreate a new species. A lion can’t stand on its fours and walk up Wall Street’s steps to get a job! But humans, endowed with intelligence, can think, and respond in a human manner. But when the relationship with God is removed, man can only become what they once were, thirsty, greedy, self-centered beast of nature. Defined by Encarta Dictionary, beasts are instinctive, irrational, and aggressive. The power to decide is found in the available choices, and when the main choice that holds the world together is removed, we have a society of beast who preys on each other, especially the weak, or should I say, the sheep – Christians.
Sheep have a primary line of defense, the Shepherd. The Shepherd creates boundary lines for its sheep to stay within. This safety zone is placed for the protection of the sheep, but not for the Shepherd. The Shepherd knows the dangers that abound outside of the safety zone.
Where is God in all of this?
When a sheep goes missing, the shepherd leaves the others and searches out the one missing. What happens to the other sheep? They are placed in the hands of a caretaker. The downfall of this is that the caretaker doesn’t care as much about the sheep as the Shepherd, so many times if the Shepherd takes too long to return the caretaker grows lazy, greedy, and careless. These caretakers are many of the Pastors, ministers, evangelists, who have been called to minister while the Shepherd is out seeking and saving the lost. The fate of the sheep fall on the watchers.
God is not absent, He is looking for you!
Human kind inherently grows more beastly, irrational, and dangerous, yet even in an unnatural mindset that seeks self-preservation in self dependency, God gently moves upon the hearts of many by showing through one that He even cares for the warmth of a homeless who never had shoes (link). Or to a child that sees his dad once a year because of military travel that what is underneath the tree is nothing compared to dad returning home. For God so loved the world that he gave his only son Yeshua (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life- a godly life- the way living was meant to be.
In this New Year, choose to follow the Shepherd and stay within His boundaries, for as David said,
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-they comfort me.”
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