The Problem

One of the attacks on Kim Davis has been that she is a poor representative of her cause because of her past personal history. How can she assume to take some kind of moral high road on marriage when she has been such a poor example herself because of her own failed marriages? This question then takes a more universal application: how can anyone promote a moral position because everyone is compromised? The next step is then taken. Why should we even pretend that anyone can be moral? Everyone has skeletons in the closet and no one has the right to promote any one morality over another, so quit taking these phony moral positions.

Reasoning similar to that in the above paragraph is widespread. The conclusion is that since no one is really moral, then anything is acceptable as long as people are not forced into it. If it is consensual, then it is ok. We should follow our primitive instincts and then we will be truly authenticated as liberated human beings, getting back to how we were before the corrupt western civilization tainted the minds of people with its repressive concepts. Anthropologist Margaret Mead proved that in her study years ago of isolated island people who lived in unspoiled bliss and unrestrained pleasure. The trouble is, Margaret Mead gave a false report. Her study was a reflection of her own pre-conceived ideology. (She was having an affair during the time of the study.)

Absent in all this is a recognition of the problem and a blind eye to its solution.
People have a problem. It is major and it is universal. It is a problem that is not easily fixed. The problem shows up on a large scale in wars. It shows up on a more local level in the calls that police like least to get – domestic disputes. The rage of war and the rage of angry family members are similar. In war it results in killing and maiming. In families it can also result in killing and maiming, dysfunction, division, divorce, or on a less intense but still significant level it causes misunderstandings, hurt feelings, alienation, and tears. The problem spawns hatred, selfishness, addictions, abuse, venereal diseases, poverty, exploitation of human beings, and widespread disregard of human rights and decency.

This problem is no respecter of nations. From the smallest to the greatest, the poorest to the most affluent, the problem is everywhere. Colors and cultures are all affected. No place that humanity exists on the face of the earth is exempt. At no time throughout all history since the first days of Eden has the universality of this problem been suspended. It has always been and continues to be a worldwide problem. It is also a problem that affects all ages. Babies are afflicted as well as the aged. Margaret Mead acted as though this problem did not affect those people in the pristine environment of the South Seas. But it did.

People recognize the symptoms of the problem and have tried various means to deal with them. The Humanist Manifesto II stated that “no deity will save us, we must save ourselves.” They were perhaps blinded to the fact that none of man’s self-motivated salvation schemes have done much good. Lenin’s Marxist solution was based on his faulty assumption that the problem was societal. If the structure was changed, then people would settle down and finally be decent. That didn’t work well for millions who died as Lenin and then Stalin reconfigured the culture.

Others have tried unsuccessfully to deal with the symptoms of the problem using psychological manipulation, racial cleansing, or government programs. ISIS is currently using violence to try to root out the problem by killing infidels and blowing up ancient ruins and artifacts. American do-gooders are using similar tactics: banning flags, changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day (the State of Alaska did this following the examples of other cities and communities around the nation), enforcing PC speech, and other equally intrusive but ineffective means to deal with the problem. Self-salvation has not had a very good record.

The problem cannot be touched by any of these methods because the problem is with the very nature of man himself. He cannot fix himself because he is internally corrupt. Man is a sinner. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). The problem is present at the very beginning of life. As the psalmist said, “In sin did my mother conceive me” (Ps. 51:5b). He continued to show how early the evil nature of man was revealed. “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies” (Ps. 58:3).

All of this is rather depressing. People who try to follow the best laws fall short. Even religious people who try to keep the commandments of a higher law fail. Is there not a solution to this problem? There is good news. Although man cannot solve his most basic problem, there is One who has intervened. “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:3,4).

Here is the answer. Man is too weak to save himself. He is “weak through the flesh.” Personal experience, observations of history, and a view of contemporary existence show us that we cannot help ourselves with this problem. But God has intervened. He has sent His Son to deal with sin. He did it “on a hill far away on an old rugged cross.” He comes to the weak, the heavy-burdened, the troubled, the sinful, and brings forgiveness and then works righteousness in them. What they once were, they are no longer. They are changed. They are made new. This is not from themselves, because they are born from above.

Kim Davis, who was once a sinful woman by her own admission, can stand as an example of righteousness because of what Jesus has done. Those who detract from her stand because of her past do not understand the problem and the solution. In fact, they have eyes blinded to the necessity of all, including themselves, to be made new. Jesus said it this way: “Ye must be born again.” Whoever comes to Christ can find salvation. We cannot save ourselves, deity must save us. And He will when we come to Him by faith.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:16, 17).


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    Donna Tyler says

    Amen. There is salvation and none other than in Jesus Christ and his death on the cross to pay for our salvation and deliver us from sin. It’s no mystery to me that unbelievers do not accept that people can be made into a new creation. It is a surprise to me to meet people professing to be Christians and don’t believe a person can be changed completely and make the 180° turn in life. Incidentally, while I was in college, I was able to attend a lecture by Margaret Mead and a Unitarian Universalist Church. Unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed enough to remember anything she said. One of my older friends was born and raised in Samoa, where Margaret Mead did some of her research in the form of questioning the natives. My friend reports that her teenage girlfriends were among those whom Mead interviewed. They would make up things and say complete lies during the interview just for the fun of it. It was also the custom for natives to make wooden masks and idols, then to claim that they were worshiped on their Island. These souvenirs provided the Islanders income from gullible tourists. So, liars and cheats were just as abundant on the pristine Islands as any ” civilized nation.”
    When God said ” all ” he meant all.

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    Clliff and Roberta Sarver says

    Good article, Dave. Keep up the good work.

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