Spiritual and Moral Beings

Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
give me understanding according to your word!
Let my plea come before you;
deliver me according to your word.
My lips will pour forth praise,
for you teach me your statutes.
My tongue will sing of your word,
for all your commandments are right.
Let your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.
I long for your salvation, O Lord,
and your law is my delight.
Let my soul live and praise you,
and let your rules help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.

(Psalm 119:169-176 ESV)

Due to the peculiar blindness of our time, few people spot the reconciling of good and evil, and have difficulty verbalizing it when they do…

This reconciliation of good and evil arise out of the psychological reductionism accompanying our materialism, whereby the spiritual and moral dimension of the human soul are not recognized and thereby remain invisible. These dimensions are in effect obliterated.  Sin and evil are given other names.  They are tagged with sociological and psychological labels.  In this way good and evil are synthesized, made one, reconciled.  The evilness of evil, and our responsibility to repent of it, is denied.  It goes without saying that the goodness of God, and the way He imparts His righteousness to us, the fallen, is in no way considered.

Christians, along with their culture, have by and large reconciled good and evil — synthesizing the virtues and the vices by giving sin an exclusively psychological definition.  In this way, we reconcile good and evil at the deepest level of our being — and therefore fail to confess and turn from our sins.[1]

Indeed, we are under a tragically effective assault.  In the minds of many who identify as Christians today, pride is celebrated as a virtue and the word conversion has become synonymous with abuse.  Even so, our God does not forsake us.  Jesus longs to restore His truth within us and deliver us from evil.  He calls us as fellow workers in His mission of mercy, to learn from Him and then teach others the difference between the clean and the unclean, that all might have life abundant.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.  Have mercy on Your Church, and on this world around us.  Thank you Lord for creating me and every other human being with a spiritual nature and a deep moral sensitivity.  Come and restore me Lord, come and restore us.  Seek me and find me Lord, cleanse any synthesis of good and evil from my heart, and replace it with Your luminous word.

[1] Leanne Payne, Listening Prayer (Grand Rapids, Hamewith Books, 1994), p. 228.
Painting: Albert Edelfelt, 1898, Jesus Washing the Feet of His Disciples, [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons