In the beginning, God created mankind from the dust of the earth, forming our body, or physical man. He then breathed in us the breath of life. This “God breath” formed our human spirit. It is from this combination that we became the living being that forms the person we are. Proverbs 20:27 tells us, “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.” The physical part makes us earth-conscious, the soul makes us self-conscious, and the spirit makes us God-conscious. The human spirit is more than just our consciousness of God, it makes us morally reflective. The heart reflects the sense of our self, including our desires and deep motivations.
Secular opinion tells us that we are intelligent animals, but we believe that we were created in the image and likeness of God according to the Word. We need to recognize that animals have brains, which gives them a certain level of intelligence, but their motivations are instinctive and are motivated by base motivations like eating and reproduction. Animals have what is called a fear, flight, or fight reaction to their surroundings. The need for survival makes fear a major motivation or self-defense. Prey animals typically run from danger, whereas predators usually display a fight reaction. As humans, we have these as our base motivations too, but God has given us a higher level of intelligence, and a spirit to live higher than the base motivations of animals. Unfortunately, we often fail to realize our potential through the higher motivations God has given us and settle for the lower base of life.
The secular world believes that the highest level of motivation is the mind. Unfortunately, the mind is easily captivated by the lower instinct, without even realizing it. The evidence of this is all around us in secular society. As society becomes more secularized, we have become more captive to our sexual appetites, our fear motivations, and our desire for physical and emotional satisfaction. In the United States of America, anxiety and depression are at record levels. Opiate addiction is considered a national emergency. Our laws against illicit drug use are being loosened to cater to an increasing desire to provide relief from all emotional and physical discomfort. We need to understand that according to scripture, this will increase as God gives us the choice to reject His wisdom to go our own way.
Our Struggle Is to Shine!
Interestingly enough, the scriptures tell us that in the end of this state, mankind will leave the natural state and begin to live a lifestyle against nature. Romans 1:22-24 tells us, “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves…” In this state, we become lower than animals, who have no choice but to be a part of the natural order God has created. The natural order glorifies God through the display of God’s wisdom and understanding it manifests. Interestingly enough, many people who claim to love nature ultimately oppose the natural order because of their unnatural inclinations brought on by the rejection of God. Although the natural order certainly has its painful parts, in the end, it produces the cycle of life necessary for long-term health.
As Christians, natural inclinations seem like an enemy because they pull us in the opposite direction of our spiritual motivations. However, we must recognize this as God’s plan to maintain the balance of His creation, instead of seeing ourselves with the need to eliminate this struggle. Our struggle against the modern sex and gender revolution is, in fact, a cry for the natural order God has created. Our stand against drug use is to keep our minds clear in order to live at the higher-level God has called us to, rather than to succumb to our base motivations. Finally, our call to a truly spiritual life based on the true and living God, rather than an ambiguous spirituality encouraged by society, gives us the place of leadership that the natural order requires. If mankind fails to do this, we will see the natural order take control. As Christians, this should make us confident that the natural order will win over the unnatural lifestyles proposed by our secular world. We have witnessed other times throughout history when unnatural lifestyles became normal. This trend always ends up destroying the societies who think they can live without God’s oversight.
The natural will win over mankind’s artificial mores and will cause the pendulum to change directions. As Christians, this should help us keep ourselves focused on making God known to our world, rather than trying to enforce control over ungodly behavior. We must be careful not to enter the present struggles thinking our goal is to win a war, but to see that our struggle is to shine the light and glory of God to our world!