Taming the Savage Beast

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,

“Awake, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”

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Waterfall | Hensley, AR | October 2019

I’ve been thinking of late about creation and human beings. It’s easy to be impressed by the many and various kinds of animals and plants. It’s also easy to be impressed by the scientific investigation of these various species. It’s easy to be impressed by those who have studied and determined things about the origin of the species, and how it all fits together. There are some pretty smart people who study these things, and postulate their theories.

Having said all that, however, there are also some pretty smart people who have studied all these things and who have come to significantly differing conclusions about the origin of the species. A World Magazine article recently reported on a discovery of a fossil that challenged the bedrock of evolutionary theory about modern man.

All that aside, the unanswerable question seems to be how did we humans come to have a conscience? How did we become sensate? How did we become self-aware? How did we learn to make moral choices. And lest you think it’s all in the brain, just watch someone die and you’ll see that the passing of life from a human being reveals a spiritual dimension like no other.

We are moral creatures. We are self-aware. And as such – and especially we who are of the family of faith – we are called to a lifestyle of moral decency. We’re not like the rooster and hens. We’re not like the bull and cattle. We’re human, and as such called to a life of higher and nobler ways.

We all struggle with temptation to darkness. We all have our paths of easy ways and self-determined right and wrong. But God’s children see darkness for what it is. The ways of sexual immorality, promiscuity, and impurity must be rejected and recognized as a denial of our true humanity. God’s children know this like no other. Our lives are to be filled with love fueled by God’s love for us and as an expression of our true identity as God’s sons and daughters.

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