No matter how hard coaches, parents and teachers seek to be impartial, there are certain individuals who demonstrate likeable qualities. Thus, from time to time, adults are blinded by a perception that some students are perfect, uncapable of doing something wrong. In the days of the Old Testament, David was a prime candidate, a man who developed a good reputation, possessing a heart for God. Yet, when pressed by the prophet Nathan, David’s most recent transgression is exposed for everyone to see. This account reveals that anyone, no matter how godly he or she appears, is capable of anything.
Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, As the Lord lives, the man who has done this is a son [worthy] of death. He shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no pity. Then Nathan said to David, You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king of Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul, 2 Samuel 12:5-7.
The apostle Paul and King David shared similar qualities. Paul was recognized as a person of character following his conversation to Christ in the first century. With each missionary journey, Paul’s faith was admired by the leaders of churches throughout the Middle East. Yet, during a letter written to the Church in Rome, Paul opens up about his own inner demons. This invisible force became known as the sinful nature, fleshly desires which convince souls to do the opposite of what they have been taught. This alarming reality illustrates that anybody is capable of doing anything.
Now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire, [that means that] I acknowledge and agree that the Law is good (morally excellent) and that I take sides with it. However, it is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin [principle] which is at home in me and has possession of mem, Romans 7:16-17.
Whenever I connect to the internet, tune into talk radio or watch television, unthinkable acts are reported on daily. These head scratching actions don’t make sense logically until you study the powerful grip of carnal desires. While writing to church leaders in Rome, Paul confesses that the sinful nature often causes him to do that which is wrong. Despite having good intentions, Paul is currently losing this spiritual tug of war. Instead of being surprised, it’s time to accept the fact that anybody is capable of doing anything. The sooner you understand this, the quicker you will fall upon your knees, pleading with God to remove these ungodly desires with the mind of Christ.
by Jay Mankus