The downward drift

“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.

“This is the sort of situation Nehemiah faces toward the end of his leadership in Jerusalem.”

These words are from a devotional: For the Love of God by D.A. Carson.

Seems like some things never change. 446 B.C. Human nature remains human nature. But, by His grace, we do not have to continue in the downward drift.

Lord, raise up YOUR leaders. Open our eyes! Reveal to us our own hearts so that we might recognize delusion and compromise and turn from it.

Draw us back to You.

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