Sunday, June 10, 2012
Are we fallen from grace?
I cannot give the doctoral level answer to this question. With the knowledge I have accumulated while writing this blog I think I have made this assumption because I have heard it so often and it seems so plausible. After all, man's relationship to God has been tumultuous over the centuries, as documented in scripture. The answer was established in the first books of Genesis when Adam and Eve committed original sin, and became aware of the knowledge of good and evil, after eating fruit off the tree of the same name. Their descendants have had the spot of the fall on their souls ever since.
Sometimes I'm not so sure that man is a fallen race when I hear the beautiful voices of the evangelical singers that sound so inspirational and so angelic. I attribute my listening to their craft as one of the major things that continues to influence me in my worship. Also my family is generally a group of not just good people but truly loving, committed, and positive people that would take the shirt off their back for anyone. How are they fallen?
The answer is that the grace of God, praise be to Jesus, has permeated my life, my community, and my country. This is thanks to generations of faithful people who have made daily sacrifices and focused their lives to the praise of God. Yes they have made mistakes and they have sinned. But many of them have listened to the calling of Jesus and put him first in their lives. Then when they went about their daily lives the faithful have been a light to the world second only to Jesus Christ himself. So don't be surprised if you sometimes wonder about man's fallen nature. Believe me our perfection has not been achieved.
I pray that I not take for granted the grace that God has shown the world that has built the kingdom of heaven that we see, feel and hear constantly but fail to recognize. May we be acceptable to God in our individual lives, may we accept him, learn more of the scriptures and involve ourselves effectively in the community to further the development of our Christian brethren on a daily basis. Amen.