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Spiritual or Natural Man
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.1 Corinthians 2:14
According to this Scripture, God warns us through the Apostle Paul that unsaved people (natural man) do not have the capacity to truly understand the principles and teachings of the Bible. They are subject to their own ability to reason and draw conclusions. As a result, it is important to understand that world philosophies, science, politics, and any other world ideas will usually come into conflict with Scriptures.
We, as Christians, often lose sight of this as we fuss and struggle over decisions made by those with influence that come into conflict with what we know based on Scriptures. Those authorities may be media, politicians, educators, scientists, or world philosophers. It made sense in their thinking to dump prayer and Scripture references in our schools. Critical Race Theory, attitudes towards sex outside of marriage, the legalization of abortion, and “gender dysphoria” have established standards which are in opposition to Biblical mandates. Today a majority of our national, state, and local authorities are not Christian and many who claim to be Christian have adopted the same attitudes and actions as those who do not claim any relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. They are “natural man.”
Therefore, it is unreasonable for believers to assume that these leaders who are “natural man” will understand much less agree with the necessity of establishing rules and laws that align with Biblical principles. They do not have the capacity to understand why we hold so strongly to Biblical positions and even see us as a hindrance to what they perceive as “progressive.”
The early church clearly understood conflict in beliefs and motivations with the authorities over them and did not expect them to change their position. They instead counted the cost and followed Christ regardless of consequences. There was no compromise on their part but they, instead, actively shared the Word in their own spheres and let the government do what it would.
In our nation, it is a little more confusing for believers because we are a nation whose government is supposed to be “by the people, for the people,” a government that was originally founded as a republic and developed into a democracy. The progression today is taking us toward socialism which in the light of history makes no sense to true historians. Regardless of how the nation develops, it is the responsibility of every Christian to continue to stay grounded in the Word, continue in fellowship with other believers, live their life according to Biblical principles, and pray for the awakening of the Church in America. We are His people, called by His name to live according to His direction and the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to pray for our leaders. We need do nothing else.
He looked toward me from the cross, and to my surprise I saw his eye looking into me. Into the depth of my soul; he saw it all, the darkest secrets of my soul, he saw it all on that day; the day he hung on that cross.
As the blood ran down his face rolling into his eyes; His eyes were still fixed on me. I saw the sweat running into his eye, yet he fixed his gaze on me, my soul he exposed and I knew he knew me. Yes, I was certain, and I knew that I was not worthy. He knew me yet he drew me to him, in spite of his pain.
He could not breath; He had to lift himself up, pushing with all his dwindling strength as the flesh tore in his hands and feet, yet even as he gasped to breath; His body ripping apart in pain, He kept his eye on me. I heard Him call my name; it rang out through the annals of time and I knew that on that day He knew me and when He called my name He said forgiven! He called me by name and He said forgiven.
I knew that He was the only one who could, the only one who was able and He chose me. That look, is engraved on my soul, that look of love I did not deserve. He knew me and yet He loved me. He gave it all for me! He bore the cross, in shame and pain and He called my name I heard it; I still hear it, my name and forgiven.
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