Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Do you think you are a good person?

I want to kind of state upfront that the subject matter of this video is rather sad, disgusting, and if there are little ones around you may want to skip the video. Disclaimer aside, here it is:

I do not wish to concentrate on the first section of the video concerning the alleged adultery. This couple has admitted to knowing about it before going on the show (along with the stealing) and just playing the part in order to win money.

It is worth noting however that this woman, after all that she had admitted, would still think she is a "good person". Even more telling was her husband shaking his head no and her father (I think) saying that she was! By even the world's standards this woman was pushing it! Yet, her first reaction, a sort of defensive mechanism, shout out: "Of course, yes I am a good person!" The lie detector put that defense to rest.

What's perhaps the most tragic aspect of this video is not only that the woman believed what she believed or that she did do any of these horrible things but that many will watch this and be blown away by the audacity but if they took a moment to put a lie detector to their own lives they'd realize they are so much like her! I think of myself in, lets say the past 3 weeks. I've lusted, lied, according to Jesus (Mt. 5) I've committed adultery, and many other things I'm sure I am not aware of! Yet, like this woman, I'm quick to shout out:"Of course! I'm a good person!" I may not have wires hooked up to tell me other wise but in my heart of hearts I know that I am not; just like she did!

Ravi Zacharias once said that: "Jesus did not come to make bad people good but to make dead people live." This woman echoes the times she lives in. "I'm progressing, I'm learning, etc." This is a evolutionary ethic. It's not a godly one. Time does not make someone "better" it just sharpens the depravity to make it sharper and deadlier. This seems to be the illusion that so many of us and our politicians for that matter, seem to live under. That with time we will get better. Yet, why is that never the case? Why doesn't that reflect reality? Because it is not true! If a person is dead to sin, they don't become a better dead person! Their still dead! We need a radical remedy to our deadness- someone to defeat it. If no one did that (or has done it) then we only get "deader" not "better". The question then is: What's the remedy?


Jessica said...

Matt this is really awesome. I bet everyone over at Way of the Master is loving this stuff.

"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." Matthew 7:13-14