Born to be Bad
By: Toni Tucker
The Bible says in Palms 51:5 "That I was born in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me."
Many Theologians debate whether this scripture could have referred to David's recognition concerning his present state of sin, or his acknowledgment of his parents issues, with a focus on his mother's condition. Or, whether or not man is born inherently evil.
Nonetheless, it was his sincere prayer and desire to be forgiven for his past and present iniquities.
Even former great philosophers who have contributed to the shaping of our society, like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean Jacques Rousseau all agreed to some extent, that man is born inherently evil.
Was Kayne West displaying his inherent evil tendencies when he unceremoniously took the mic from Taylor Swift during the MTV Music Awards a few months ago, denouncing her during her thank-you speech before millions as she was crowned as having the Favorite Female Video of the Year, declaring that Beyonce's video instead, was the best ever?
Are Rush Limbaugh's daily political and social tirades on his national radio show an inherent display of his deep-rooted fear and disregard towards people of color evil? Is it his intention, ensconced in fear and hate, to perpetuate discord among various ethnicity's?
Are we as Christians inherently evil while driving and someone cuts us off the road and we slip-up a middle finger? When this happens are we suddenly stopped from praying in tongues to blurting out a curse word or two? Or do we honk on our horns like maniacs? No, never, right, wrong! Are we evil when we find ourselves in unexpected long lines in a grocery store and instead of displaying grace and patience, we get angry and complain about it to everyone in line including the cashier?
What about our behavior when we go through that fast-food drive-thru, gobble up the burger fries, and slurp down the coke, then look for a traffic-less long and dark road where we proceed to toss out our trash on the street or highway? When we know that God does not like that at all.
We rationalize quickly telling ourselves that - nobody's looking, besides, this bag, cup, and now empty paper contents are an inconvenience to me and my 'clean' car. So unabashedly we proceed with littering our streets. Is there no remorse, no shame? Is this act inherently evil? Don't we get a check in our spirits to do the right thing, and save the garbage for the trash can? Are we convicted by the Holy Spirit? God is always watching and he knows all and sees all that we do, even to his planet.
What's our temperament in public, let alone in private, when things don't go our way? Does it just take a little egging on by a total hot-headed stranger to push our buttons and make us 'get ugly' by cussing someone out and acting unruly?
What about the latest revealing of yet another athlete gone bad, this time, Tiger Woods. Now Tiger is no stranger to controversy, not much, but he raised a lot of eyebrows - particularly in the African American community several years ago when, I'd say, he was 'misunderstood' by his claim to be Asian. The absence of also acknowledging his African American heritage to some diverse ethnicity's, not just African American, made it appear that he had dismissed his African American half, namely, his father.
Now, all we know is that Tiger Woods ran his car into a tree outside of his house and at last count at least fourteen of his mistresses fell out with the leaves. It might seem funny, but it's really quite sad. His under-cover phone message has now also been exposed to the world, left, is a wounded family. A wife and innocent children who are sure to be the target of unwelcome ridicule when they are older. What goes on in the dark will surely come to light. Tiger, born to be a super-golfer, now known as a multiple adulterer. Born to be bad, really sad. Only if he repents and seeks Jesus as his Lord and Savior will he receive authentic forgiveness. I do pray that if Tiger is in a sex rehab clinic that he will receive excellent professional help, and that it will work for the sake of his marriage, if his wife, Elin, decides to stay with him.
I'm reminded of an incidence about a year ago, when I was dining alone at a popular buffet in the Tampa Bay area, mining my own business and enjoying my meal. When an assured looking, yet, soft-spoken man interrupted me and asked me this question. "When you look in the mirror, who do you see?"
Did this man who presented me with this thought provoking question see me act ugly with one of the servers. Had I past up an elderly person in the buffet line trying to 'get my' plate filled to the brim? Was I spotted acting self-centered and inherently evil? Did I think only of myself and my 'looks' that others around me didn't matter? God forbid! At first I was almost insulted, then I realized that this stranger might have been led by God to stop by my table close enough, but not too close, to poise this introspective question. He wasn't commenting on my weight, at least I hope not! At first, I was caught off guard by this question. It crossed my mind to say something smart and quick witted. But I didn't. I really don't recall how I responded.
Remember the old adage, "Beauty is only skin deep." In our hedonistic age of Housewives of Orange County, Atlanta, and New Jersey, we witness the superficial friendships and adolescent back-stabbing in amazement on these tabloid reality TV shows. Is this a reflection of our society or an over-exaggerated ratings ploy? How could grown, financially well-off women be so catty and act so childish? They seem to be consumed with their looks, clothes, parties, social status, and money. They say that art reflects life, if this is the case it's indeed a sad commentary. Is this not a shameless display of - wealthy women gone bad? The word says in Proverbs 31:30 that "Beauty is deceitful, an beauty is vain, but a woman that fears God, she shall be praised."
Till this day I continue to think deeply about that question that polite man raised, and why he directed it to me? It has prompted me to take a good look in the mirror and an even deeper look at my soul. Was he an angel sent by God or a smart aleck? I don't know, but, the relevance of the question is thought provoking and challenging. It makes me look at my character, motives, interactions with others, and mostly, my relationship with the Lord. Maybe that was his point.
My conjecture is, if we are born into sin, and we have a base sin nature, there is a point where we as Christians must continually grow, and not act ugly in public or even react ugly in private when someone or something catches us off guard. There's a daily struggle and exercise to read God's word, to dare to be transformed by the washing of his word and a determination within to change for the better. To please God, our families, neighbors, strangers, and to even feel better about ourselves as disciples of Christ. It can be quite simple, if we try.
Jesus is the only man to have lived on earth who lived a sinless life. He was born to bad, but in a good way. 2nd Corinthians 5:21 tells us that Jesus was "made to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God."
Yes, we are born to be bad. But, God's word and a constant character check, and an even deeper look into the mirror of our souls and the redeeming blood of Jesus makes us born to be improved, changed, examples of Christ, and glad!