There is not a day that goes by where I am not acutely aware of the sinfulness of my heart and the depravity of my flesh. Just because we are Christians and saved by Christ’s death on the cross, it does not mean that we are immune to the Adamic fall and the effects of original sin.
Because of Adam’s sin, all of us are imputed by it, and as a result, all of humanity sinned in Adam. Since we participated actually in Adam’s sin and were seminally there, depravity is total and we inherit both the corrupt nature and guilt of our first parents.
As Paul wrote in Romans 3:9-10,
What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
Those of us seminarians and men in ministry are not immune to the corruption of the human nature either. We are tempted, and sometimes even sin. Even while we strive to submit to the authority of Christ in our lives, our fleshly bodies often fails us. While we who are baptized with the Holy Spirit do not want to sin, I myself can certainly testify that I often do what I do not want to do — the very things that we hate! The free will God has blessed us with only desires to attain its own pleasures and never the pleasures found in Christ. Whatever obedience we seemingly muster out of ourselves in this pilgrimage is the work of Christ in us through the power of the Holy Spirit, and thus, it is not I who by my own strength obeys but it is God who enables me by grace to work out my salvation with fear in trembling (Philippians 2:12-13).
As Paul himself testified in Romans 7:13-20,
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate… So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
As I suffer through the current heat wave in Toronto, I am again reminded of the truths in the those statements. It is very rare not to see a scantily clad girl on the street, at just about every corner I turn, wearing next to nothing and showing just about everything. Since it is the summer, modesty is out, immodesty is in-style and more popular than ever. The thirty-five degree celsius weather only exasperates the problem and provides plenty of meat for men to gawk at, women wearing even less because it is very hot and humid.