You can’t legislate the human heart…

“Whoever loves much, does much.”  – Thomas a’Kempis

God loves you.

In today’s society, today’s culture, it is easy to question whether or not God is actually good, whether or not God actually cares about humanity. People sit back and take potshots at God, questioning his sovereignty. If God is in control how can tragedies keep happening? If God loves us, why doesn’t he do something? If God is all powerful, why doesn’t he show it?

I’ve had a lot of time to think this past week. I’ve have multiple conversations about the state of our world. Actually, this goes far beyond this past week. For years I have had conversations about how the problems of this world are not fixable by legislation or governance or moral teaching.

The cure for what ails humanity lies in God’s work at the cross.

The psalmist wrote, “There is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one.” (Psalm 14:1-3)

This isn’t a statement about activity.

This isn’t a statement about ethics.

This isn’t even a statement about morality.

This is a statement about the condition of the human heart.

There is no one who does good, not even one.

This is the problem. “…not even one.

We can’t talk our way out of the problem. We can’t legislate our way out of it. We can manage the situation, but it becomes a bandaged wound that we don’t have the skill to heal. We can’t do away with all the tragedy and the brokenness in our world unless we do away with all the people in the world.

Not really much of an option, is it?

But God…yes, God…God did much for us.

In Romans 5, Paul makes the case for God’s love for humanity by reminding the Roman church that they can do nothing good, yet God still loved them. Paul makes the point that in spite of themselves, God intervened. What people cannot do, change their hearts, heal their own wickedness, God does through the cross.

“For rarely will someone die for a just person–though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves his own love for us in that while were were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:7-8)

God loves much and shows that he loves much not by intervening in our conflicts, not by stopping tragedies, not by exercising his rights as Divine Sovereign, but by doing the very thing we cannot do for ourselves – replacing our hearts of stone with hearts of flesh.

God created mankind in his image, giving us the responsibility to represent him in his creation. Intervening in conflicts, working to assist and prevent tragedy, ruling…these are duties God placed on man in the Garden. We are able do those things because we are created in the image of God. Those things aren’t the problem. The problem is the broken sinful condition of man’s heart. Something that God alone can fix.

And he did.

He loved us much, and so he did much for us.




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