Drifting to Chaos = Normal?

Thanks to Geoff Ashley at the Village Church, for publishing this quote from a fantastic little book by D. A. Carson.

One of the most striking evidences of sinful human nature lies in the universal propensity for downward drift. In other words, it takes thought, resolve, energy, and effort to bring about reform. In the grace of God, sometimes human beings display such virtues. But where such virtues are absent, the drift is invariably toward compromise, comfort, indiscipline, sliding disobedience, and decay that advances, sometimes at a crawl and sometimes at a gallop, across generations.

People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. (Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God : A daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. Volume 2 (25). Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books.)

I am certainly quick to see in my life how relaxation leads to chaos in a hurry.  Holiness is not obtained by a downshift in to neutral.  Rather, we must “press on in the race that is set before us.”

Certainly we must press on and be ever vigilant.  At least that is my prayer for my heart.  For today.  For this hour.  For the next moment.

I am a pastor, a husband, a father, and a lover of Jesus. I am also an unpredictable blogger, who can go for several years without blogging a thing, and then inexplicably write a book. Perhaps this is one of those times.

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3 comments on “Drifting to Chaos = Normal?
  1. Debbie Rogers says:

    David and Jen,
    I am so thankful that you have made it to 24 weeks. I pray for you every time I think of you. I pray that this little boy has some of his father’s stubbornness 🙂 and stays put for at least several more weeks!

  2. Emma and Al Anderson says:

    Hi David and Jen, We have been praying for the three of you (Jen, baby boy, and David) every day. Love and prayers, Al and Emma

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