July 30, 2018

Psalm 14:3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Really? Surely the psalmist is using hyperbole here. No one does good, not even one. How can that be? People work hard and create beauty and love sacrificially, at least at times. How can that not be good? Why then is the history of humanity characterized by wars and crime and power struggle and racial inequities and poverty and suffering? Why do so many families have issues that cause estrangement and tension? Why is suicide still a major concern? Drugs, domestic violence, prejudice, road rage. Is it that some are good and some are bad? Or is it that we are all caught in that tension between being made in the image of God and not being able to completely live out that image due to our selfishness and brokenness? That’s what this psalm indicates. This week, consider what you really believe about human nature and where God fits into that picture.

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