The news rocked us this morning with the accusation from French prosecutor Brice Robin that the Germanwings flight 9525 was crashed intentionally by the copilot of the plane, Andreas Lubitz. It has been reported that one of the black boxes recorded complete silence after the pilot left the cockpit presumably to use the bathroom, but then the plane was manually put into descent and pounding on the cockpit door was heard, and then screams just before the plane made impact.
This will make for another excuse for those who already fear flying, to be sure. But what is echoing through my mind right now is the utter depravity of the human race. Popular worldviews today proclaim that humanity is, at its core, good. Psychologists try to convince us that if someone has the right tools, assistance in handling hurts, and opportunities to do good, then we would all choose the morally upstanding path (unless there is a chemical problem in the brain, of course).
The Church has bought into this worldview (or tried to buy into it) off and on throughout the centuries. The first few times it was suggested, councils were held and the teachers who said that human beings are essentially good were deemed heretics and not Christians. It has only been in the very recent past that the Church has allowed such a concept to be entertained and added to doctrine.
People have also wrestled with eschatology (beliefs about the end times) as it relates to the nature of humanity. After the Industrial Revolution, the world was changing at dramatic rates and there was relative peace around the world. Some Christians interpreted this peace to be the beginning of the thousand year reign of Christ, and some believed that the world would continue to get better and better until it came time for the rapture and the new creation. It is from this generation that doctrines such as the pre-tribulation rapture came to be. The thought process was that God was blessing the world, things were good, and people had evolved beyond fighting physical wars and being uncivilized to one another.
But then the world erupted into World Wars, the Great Depression hit, and reality began to set back in: Humanity is wicked.
“There is none righteous, not even one;
there is none who understands,
there is none who seeks for God;
all have turned aside,
together they have become useless;
there is none who does good,
there is not even one.
Their throat is an open grave,
with their tongues they keep deceiving,
the poison of asps is under their lips;
whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness;
their feet are swift to shed blood,
destruction and misery are in their paths,
and the path of peace they have not known.
There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
– Rom 3.10-18
The Bible clearly tells us that there is no righteous person alive. There is no one who, by his own nature, seeks to do what is good. Think about it, we do not have to teach a child how to steal, lie, be selfish and hit. We have to teach a child how to share, to tell the truth, to be kind and care for one another. Our society has also been taken captive by “The Walking Dead” the last few years, in which we see exactly what happens in the wake of any disaster: looting, riots, mob mentality and self-preservation at the cost of anyone else. We do not live in a world governed by worldwide economy alone, there are still battles being fought for land, for power, and to terrorize others.
We are all, at our core, wicked. Perhaps we are not planning to crash a plane, or murder millions of people, but our selfish nature does not seek after God on our own, and we each live for our own pleasure and best interest.
But there is hope! This world is not the end! It is not our goal to make this world as comfortable and pleasant as we can. Eternity is our goal, and taking as many to the New Earth as possible! Jesus Christ was good, and He lived a perfect life to exemplify His nature, and then He died on the cross and went to Hell to pay the punishment for our sins. Then He arose from the dead, defeating Death, and offers to us amnesty if we come to Him and confess our wickedness. And when we come to Him, He removes our wicked hearts, our “hearts of stone” as the Bible says, and gives us hearts of flesh that house the Holy Spirit who can empower us to glorify and seek after God: to be good. To be righteous.
Do you long for that today? If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom 10.9).
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
– 2 Cor 5.17
When you become a new creature, the wickedness of man cannot affect you, eternally. Those who were in Christ as Germanwings 9525 went down are now in the presence of Jesus Christ. Those who have been saved and beheaded by ISIS are being welcomed as faithful servants to the throne of God. Man is wicked. And God is allowing it for a time. In fact, Scripture tells us that the only reason the entire world is not in utter chaos is because the Holy Spirit is restraining the extent of wickedness (2 Thess 2.6-7)! Let us trust Him, cling to Him, rely on Him, and not despair over the nature of humanity, but believe that God is working all things to His glory and to our eternal best.