Well hey there anon, I hope you had a splendid day. About your question/comment, I can reassure you that He won’t. He never fails me. On the other hand I am the one that lets him down (unfortunately on the daily) but no matter what I do, He is always waiting for me with arms wide open to lavish me with grace and mercy. Now, I am assuming that you don’t believe in Him, but in the good words of C.S Lewis:
“No doubt that I will say disagreeable things and I don’t claim to have all the answers. Yet I stand on these convictions because I don’t want to be a relativist passionless fool who compromises in a politically correct culture of catering. As best as I know how, these are my personal biblical foundations. Please seek for yourself as well”
But these existential desires are not wrong. It’s because of sin we illegitimately fulfill them. To be human IS to have desires – and that’s totally frustrating. It’s horrifying to think we’re bottomless. We’re limited beings with infinite appetites. Yet that’s also Good News. Because that also means we’re designed for infinite joy. An endless falling in love with God, more and more for eternity, all hope and healing and life in Christ alone.” —(via jspark3000)
Today is the day of a so-called consequence-less life. We think all actions are reversible and that we can get out of anything. If you get into a car accident today, even when it’s definitely your fault, you will still find every angle possible to reduce debt for yourself. There is no longer an aftermath: we can buy our way out of guilt. No one says no to temptation, because no one calls it temptation. And when we are led to destruction by our own poor choices, we can declare bankruptcy, move to a new city, change the driver’s license, and start a new franchise of self-destructive living all over again.
This by degrees will do funny things to your soul. When you believe you’re invincible, a lot of strange things happen that are not accounted for by psychology, philosophy, or biology. You don’t see the word “pride” in your science textbooks, nor sin, nor destruction. But the consequence-less life, the one who never says no to anything, drains the human-ness right out of you. You simply act. No thinking. And at least in everyday language, we can call that animal instinct. People celebrate that. “We’re just animals with bigger brains.” It’s so in to say that now.
The spiritual war exists though because some people still remember we are not just animals. Some people still believe we are made for something greater, even if they don’t all agree it’s for Jesus. And people who have been so brutally beaten down by real consequences, who have risen up phoenix-life from the ashes of a former animal existence, claim that something spiritual happened. An outside forced worked a miracle. And all along, something else was working against them, tugging the strings.
We can acknowledge some realities here without feeling crazy. You can admit something very dark is happening in today’s entitled generation that feeds off get-out-of-jail-free cards. We can recognize that doing whatever you want makes you less human, and not more, because you must ignore the intrinsic harmony and sanctity of the people around you — like animals do.
If you push a little under your skin, you’ll catch a spiritual radio signal of the miraculous divine that whispers over the shouts of a lying culture, a culture that wants to bleed you for profit — and this miraculous divine, who can rescue you from certain destruction, does not try to bleed from you but has bled for you, to see you to that something greater.