“The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:7-8
Somewhere in my childhood, I recall seeing a baby eating poop out of a diaper. I alerted an adult who took care of the matter, but to this day I recall how calmly the baby devoured the feces. Of course now I know the baby did not know to be repulsed, he or she had not been in the world long enough to have the conditioning needed to understand the taboos of poop consumption.
Likewise, we live in a world where people commit immorality with such causality it makes us our jaws drop. All kinds of sexual sin, profanity, disregard for human life in and out of the womb, disrespect, and greed only begin the long list of defecations people consume with such ease. It can be overwhelming and discouraging if we forget one crucial fact: this is normal behavior for any heart devoid of the power of the Spirit of the Living God. Were it not for the grace of God intervening in our own lives, we would be consuming the same filth.
Just as that baby was only doing what babies do, people are only doing what lost people do. It does not stop that sick feeling we get when we see sin ravaging the lives of those caught up in it, but it explains the why of what we see. Like the baby’s mother rushing to snatch the nasty meal, so we need to exercise patient urgency through the sharing of the gospel and prayer to rescue those standing in the same shoes of ignorance of the truth we once wore.