Evil is Inherent

One minute you’re watching your favorite game, the next minute you’re utterly destroying property and threatening the police and other people, all the while—in many cases—recording it on your cell phone video camera. This is not just stupidity, it reveals what Christian theologians down through the ages call the “old Adam” or “sinful nature” with which we are born.

Those involved need to repent, and that means that confessing the hatred and harm in thought, word and deed, not just to the police and business owners and other people who were hurt or terrified, but to God, whose will is imprinted on our souls and to whom we are all ultimately accountable.

Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV)
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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