Why Reality Has Consequences

Carson Weitnauer | April 13, 2016

Ideas have consequences.

Elections have consequences.

More importantly, reality has consequences.

So why are we so eager to ignore reality?

For instance, there is a common conceit that all people are basically good. But reality is more subversive. Yes, God made us good. After all, we bear his image and are designed for his good purposes. Our intelligence, strength, passions, and sociability enable us to accomplish extraordinary feats. If we were not good in this sense, it would not matter if we were not so moral.

Yet, as G. K. Chesterton so neatly observed, “Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved.” The reality of a pervasive bent towards selfishness and pride, in all their socially respectable and disreputable forms, is easy enough to see.

This reality has consequences. It implies that any salvation will need to be a gift and cannot be earned. That our redemption will involve our repentance. That a new life could never make us better than others, only grateful recipients. And that any genuine turn to God will involve far more than craving prosperity, accepting an argument, or vocalizing a scripted prayer. Salvation will have to go so…

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