If you are reading this in hopes to find an article about abortion, sorry this isn’t the right blog. Honestly, I figured some would read it in search of something like that so the title fit. Sneaky, right? I know, but hey I’ve got to get readers somehow. I am not interested in political conversations or the like, but I am interested in choosing, well maybe more accurately the freedom to choose. Now, if you are hoping to find an article here in reference to debating free will or predestination, wrong again! Sorry to keep doing this to you, but nor am I interested in debating theological issues here on this blog, lets leave that to all the academics out there. I for one am interested in freedom from the bondage of desire.
Have you ever hold the adage “boys will be boys.” in reference to boys acting like, well, boys? You know, a boy does something like pick up a frog and throw it at his sister and mom says “boys will be boys.” This is kind of an accurate saying because as a father with a son and two daughters, I can tell you that boys and girls are WAY different. There are some things that are naturally ingrained in boys’ DNA that drives them to act a certain way or do certain things. Some of the things that boys do as men are a result of learning from the men who influence them, but a lot of what happens is just because they are programed to do certain things. If you are not a believer in creation you would agree that humans have certain “instincts” that drive us to behave and do the things we do. If you are a creationist or a believer in God then you would also believe the same things just attribute them to the creator putting them in to our system. Either way you look at it, we all kind of believe that we are bent a certain way.
In some cases, or maybe most cases we try and make excuses using this truth. “Well, I am just born that way, I can’t help it.” I don’t disagree with this, in fact I believe that our human condition, or our “depravity” for all of you intellectuals out there causes us to be unable to choose certain things. In fact we try over and over again to stop destructive behavior and fail over and over again. We can’t stop thinking this, or doing that. We are slaves to these things. Just as true and inescapable as the laws of nature, so are the laws of our spiritual reality. There is nothing we can do about the fact that according to Isaac Newton “What goes up, must come down.” (It’s amazing to me how easy it was back then to be labeled a genius.) Paul’s statement was just as much, if not more, profound.
22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Here in Romans 7, the apostle Paul says that there is a “law of sin” much like the law of gravity. You don’t even have to believe in the bible or God for that matter to live the truth that there are just some things that you can’t escape. You don’t even have to believe that “looking and not touching” is wrong to know that if your wife catches you watching that she wouldn’t be happy. You can be as atheist as they come to know that there are just some thoughts that you can’t escape, and though most people wouldn’t, if we were prepared to be honest and share some of our deepest and most secret thoughts it would end us up in some sort of institution or under deep scrutiny. No need to admit it, you know I’m right. There are some things that just come to your brain in times and you are like “Where did that come from?” Yeah, those moments are the ones that I’m talking about, those are the things that you can’t even escape.
Either way the truth is that we are held captive by thoughts, actions, and secret sins. It’s the “Law of Sin” that causes us to live life according to the perverse desires of our sick flesh. Our flesh cries out over and over again, “YOU NEED _______!” Fill in the blank for yourself. If I had to bet on it I would put my money on the fact that everyone, yes everyone, has something that they wish wouldn’t exist in their lives. That thing, those things, are what keeps you in the darkness of your despair. Your stuck, your diseased, and there is nothing you can do about it. Well, not on your own…
24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Paul knew that there was no hope. There is no way that we can escape this bondage to sin. Whether or not you believe in sin and that is irrelevant, you are a slave to the desires of your flesh. No matter how are you try you cannot get away from these desires. Why? Cause your flesh is marked with sin and it is diseased. THERE IS GOOD NEWS!!!! Jesus once said to His disciples that “nothing is impossible with God.” That is so good for us, cause though we are not able to escape on our own, Jesus is standing there with the key to your freedom. Submit yourself to Him and watch how he provides the freedom you desire. Freedom from the bondage of the desires of your sinful flesh. When you submit to Christ, you die to the law. You die to the laws of sin and fleshly desire and are now alive in Him who holds the power and victory over sin and death.
Before, you were subject to the authority of the inescapable laws that hold you to the surface of your desires. Now, you are free to leave the ground and float in the freedom of the air, soaring like an eagle! In Christ we have freedom to choose life. Paul says in Romans 8 that through Christ we have the freedom to live either by the flesh which leads us to a sinful death, or to live in the promise of the Holy Spirit who dwells in all who are submitted to the risen King which leads to life, and not only life, but full and abundant life according to Jesus Himself! That’s right, when you are living in Christ your debt has been paid and your freedom to choose to live a life which is free to do the good that He has called us to do. You have the freedom to dismiss the destructive desires of the flesh and pick up the freedom to run free through the meadows of a Spirit lead existence. You are not captive to desire, you are set free to follow and choose life. So what do you choose? Do you choose the life of burden and bondage to desire and sin, or do you choose life? I for one choose life! I urge you to do the same; choose life!