Today was listening to KPRZ a “Christian” radio station here in San Diego. I’ve made a habit of listening to this station on my way home from work regularly. I often find myself perturbed by some of the things that are said. Today they featured a speaker from a local Calvary Chapel who spoke on an Idea from scripture that has had a significant effect on my thinking lately, being “the light of the world.” Numerous things he said bothered me but most of all was his generalization of humanity. He explained that human nature is “Sin” and it is not until we become believers that our nature is changed. He used several examples of the overall mindset of “the world.” He explained that the world feels no guilt about, for example, “sexual exploitation.” He explained that football players brag about the girls they sleep with because they are unable to feel remorse over sin. The lecture was filled with these overtones of categorization and generalization. The “world” is bad Christians are good.
I, though I am a Christ follower, was quite offended by his presumptions. He, first of all, argued his idea of “sin nature” very feebly. Does not the Bible begin in Genesis 1 and 2 with “good” not sin. My understanding of scripture provides that people were created good and our nature was just that. Sin came in later and the redemption story is about defeating sin, sin which didn’t used to exist. Redemption is not about changing our nature but defeating that which corrupts our nature; sin. People, with a capitol “P,” are not bad. People, lower case “p” are bad. Individuals act against God’s intended nature. Is that not a good definition for sin? To generalize and say that Christians are the only ones who do good is divisive, judgmental and arrogant. It is not just Christians feeding empty stomachs and clothing the poor and housing the homeless. Christians are not the only ones who do ministry. Sadly it seems that many others answer Christ’s call much better than the Church does in many cases.
Side note: what sets apart the Christians from the “non-believers” who do good?