So far, in our journey through the Bible, we have seen man’s character laid out well. Man cannot be obedient to God on their own, and desire to do wicked incessantly. As we have progressed through the generations somehow the statement “follow your heart” has become huge. Like our forefathers we have come to God’s Word with a “did God really say” attitude. We have to get rid of so much Scripture to think this is true… A simple Google search will render countless verses that shows God telling us that our hearts are wicked!
Jeremiah 17:9 ESV The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Luke 12:34 ESV For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 15:19 ESV For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
The list goes on. Yet we hear the world (and churches) claim someone is right in their actions or lifestyle because they are “born that way.” I am unsure how this is a GOOD defense for changing our standards… let’s look at what you’re born doing:
- pooping your pants
- drinking only milk
- not speaking full words
- never wanting to share
- not able to control your emotions
- not able to walk
I hope my point stands: being born with a certain predisposition does not mean it’s right. If that were true then every parent should be banned from disciplining their child. They were born desiring to be selfish and wrong.. let them live out their life!
Here we are… assuming that if our hearts desire something and we cannot SEE obvious issues with it then it must be right. However, that leaves no room for actual distinction from right and wrong. That leaves no room to tell someone who feels they are attracted small children that they are wrong. This is not a “maybe we will end up here” that’s where we are. We have men petitioning that they should be allowed to marry young boys.
Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it
As a society, both nationally and internationally, we have “found our lives.” We have identified the sins that we love and enjoy to live in and we have deemed those things RIGHT. We have “exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.” Romans 1:25. We have flocked from God and now are seeking to feed our flesh and “follow our heart.”
Lord help me see the things in my life that I think are right but are wrong. Thank You for being patient when I am walking in sin and thinking it’s correct. Please open my eyes and give me the courage to make changes based on Your Word. Mold me to be more like You! 🙂 Amen
Stop telling people to follow their hearts/emotions. Even humans can change your emotions, with almost no control on your own part. If I want you to be happy I could learn about you and give you things that make you happy (without you being able to stop it). If I wanted to make you sad I could learn about you and take away things that would make you sad. The same for angry, I could poke you in the eye and you’d likely be a little less than stoked. Yet, somehow we feel Satan doesn’t do this. Somehow we feel Satan isn’t constantly manipulating our emotions because he sees he can control us through them. Somehow we have ignored the verses that say’s our heart is evil and that we are to focus on God’s Word. Your emotions are fickle, that’s a lesson to be learned as you mature. Never, EVER just follow your emotions. Not even in a marriage. You CHOOSE to love someone. You allow the actions displayed and events planned to invest in your passion for them. You don’t base it on the first feeling you have when you see them… because that was actually lust. What I just said is completely opposite of American beliefs. We base everything on our fickle emotions and grow marriages out of our initial lustful YOUTHFUL thoughts about someone. Then we wonder why our marriages fall apart: we are following our hearts which are fickle and evil.