One of the leaders in the computer programming world in America today is a man by the name of Brian Behlendorf. While Brian can be credited with some wonderful things from a technology standpoint, I recently saw a quote on a sign that was attributed to him. It says, “I think the most that I have learned has been, how do I put this? The innate goodness of man.” Wouldn’t that quote on a plaque or poster on a wall just be really inspirational? Almost like a Hallmark card (or dare I say movie!). The innate goodness of man; yes, just gives us that warm fuzzy feeling all over.
Take a minute if you will and compare that quote with Psalms 14, starting in verse 1. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Hmm, that “quote” reads a little different, doesn’t it?
I don’t believe I need to belabor this point with this audience but it is good to be reminded about what God has to say about us wonderful human beings. The truth is that we are rotten to the core. We are fallen individuals who have a heart bent on sin. No parent has to teach their child to sin. No, in fact, it comes very naturally. But can an unsaved person do some good things? Absolutely. Just like a blind squirrel can occasionally find a nut. The reality is that human beings overall are depraved individuals who occasionally do some good things, not the other way around. Even a “good” person who does a lot of charitable deeds in helping and ministering to others will more than likely have a heart full of envy, jealousy, lust, self-righteousness or pride. Man’s wicked heart doesn’t need to be tweaked, it needs to be regenerated!