I came across a devotional by Oswald Chambers today (http://new.studylight.org/devos/utm/index.cgi?l=en&d=0624). It’s interesting that some of his remarks ring true today as they did before.

“If you refuse to agree with the fact that there is vice and self-seeking, something downright spiteful and wrong in human beings, instead of reconciling yourself to it, when it strikes your life, you will compromise with it and say it is of no use to battle against it.”

Today, one premise is assumed in many different issues, especially when a possible biological pre-disposition to something is in consideration.  This can relate to sexuality to addictions to a whole variety of behaviours.  Basically, the premise is, if that’s how I was made, then it’s not wrong (or at least it’s not my fault).  There’s where the false premise lies.  Somehow we assume that if there’s somehow part of my biochemical make-up (genetic or otherwise), then how can I control whatever impulse that comes out of that?  Because of that, we tend to make accommodations for behaviours (and to some degree maybe even lifestyles).  Yet Chambers urges his reader to realize that if something is against God’s truth, then whatever the driving force is towards the contrary (I would suggest even if it’s “how I was made”) needs to be fought against.

At the end of the day, we need to recognize whatever the premise we’re basing our understanding on will ultimately define what we do and maybe even who we are.

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