“I Can’t Help the Way I Am, I Was Born That Way. God Understands, Right?”

This is an all too common attitude voiced by Christians and non-Christians alike in an attempt to justify behavior they do not wish to address or correct. If the behavior we were born with were “understood”, that is to say acceptable, by God, we would have no need of a savior; God would simply accept us the way we are. However, this is clearly NOT the case.

This is an all too common attitude voiced by Christians and non-Christians alike in an attempt to justify behavior they do not wish to address or correct. If the behavior we were born with were “understood”, that is to say acceptable, by God, we would have no need of a savior; God would simply accept us the way we are. However, this is clearly NOT the case. What does the Bible say about it?

1 Peter 1:14-16 (NASB)
14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Colossians 3:1-2, 5, 8-10, 12-15, 17 (NASB)
1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. …
5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. …
8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— …
12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. …
17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

God is holy and expects us to be holy. This is more than simply accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior. It includes being conformed to Jesus’ image in the newness of life we have received from Him. We are a new creature. We are expected to “put off” the old habits and behaviors and “put on” the new habits and behaviors; honoring, glorifying, and giving thanks to Him. We may have been “born that way”; but, once we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were “born again”. We are expected to live life His way (Romans 12:1-2). If we love Him, we will keep His commandments (2 John 6).

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