The Problem of Sin: A Response to Bobby Jindal

adam_and_eveThere is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him. Mark 7:15

by John Ellis

In one of the earliest moments in recorded human history a man blames his wife for his sin. After being granted the role of God’s vice regents over God’s beautiful world; after being given access to all the blessings, enjoyments, and beautiful things, minus one, in God’s beautiful world; man decided that he knew better than God, and chose to rebel in an attempt to become like God. After man’s attempted coup on His throne, God came down and confronted the rebel army of three. In that moment, instead of owning up to his actions, instead of owning up to his rebellion, Adam pointed his quivering finger at Eve and whined, lying straight to the face of God, “It’s her fault!” [1]

Since that moment, Adam and Eve’s descendants have been desperately yet vainly casting blame everywhere but where blame is deserved: on ourselves.

Sin resides inside of us. Our entire being is bent on erecting the Tower of Babel and overthrowing God. We do not need any outside help to sin. We do, however, need outside help to not sin, and that’s why God, in His loving mercy, enacted a plan to rescue us from His righteous wrath and coming judgment. Sending His only son, Jesus Christ, to fulfill all the law for us and to suffer God’s wrath and punishment for our sins in our place, God built a bridge to span the ethical divide between God and man. Bowing our knees in Holy Spirit given faith before King Jesus and acknowledging that nothing about us is worthy of God’s love, that we are the problem, and that He has accomplished everything that God demands is the only way to salvation. And this is why I can only partially agree with Bobby Jindal’s claim that cultural decay is to blame for mass shootings. Yes, cultural decay is to blame for mass shootings; but I’m not sure if Governor Jindal and I define “cultural decay” the same way.

Yesterday, on his website, Governor Jindal posted, in his words, “a sermon” aimed at uncovering the truth about the root of the ugly tree that has produced the fruit of mass shootings. He goes on to list a variety of things that he defines as the “cultural rot” that has led to the evil evidenced in tragic events like the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. In that list, he includes, among other things, abortion, violent movies, and the glorification of sex in pop music. Towards the end of his post, the Governor writes, “It’s the old computer axiom – garbage in, garbage out. We fill our culture with garbage, and we reap the result.”

Well, with all due respect, Governor Jindal is contradicting the very words of King Jesus. Mark 7:15 flies directly in the face of “garbage in, garbage out.” The story of the Bible, the story of God’s decision to save a people unto Himself out of all nations and ethnic groups, is the story of garbage already in, apart from anything else, and how God, through the salvation offered in the life, death, and resurrection of King Jesus, cleans our heart and removes the garbage.

The evil in society, including abortion, violent movies, sexually explicit pop songs, and mass shootings, is a direct result of the sin and rebellion that already exists in every single one of us. Even if we were able to completely erase the evils listed in Governor Jindal’s list, mass shootings would still happen. Mothers would still kill their babies. Men would still rape women. Sin would not be lessened, because sin resides in us. Cain had no TV; he had no iTunes; he had no guns. Yet, Cain murdered his brother. We are the problem. We are the moral decay that produces abortion, violent movies, sexually explicit pop songs, and mass shootings. And the only answer, the only solution is found in Jesus.

Governor Jindal concludes his short post by chiding liberals for “blam[ing] pieces of hardware for the problem.” The irony is that the conservative Bobby Jindal commits the same error as many liberals; he, like they, believes that the problem is found outside of humans. He, like they, believes that the problem can be fixed apart from a change in the human heart that can only be wrought by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ.

We are the cultural decay.

Please come back quickly, King Jesus. Amen.

Addendum: I am not defending guns anymore than I’m defending violent movies or sexually explicit pop songs. It’s true that pop songs do not cause men to rape women anymore than guns cause people to murder. But please do not read this post as the naïve belief that we do not have a responsibility before God to love our neighbors. At the risk of derailing my own post, we do not love our neighbors, for example, if we glorify the objectification of women through music. But, even if society removes all music that objectifies women, our sinful hearts still remain; our sinful hearts that produced music that objectifies women still remains. Apart from Jesus, we’ll find another way to objectify women.

[1] It needs to be mentioned that in that moment, Adam also blamed God for giving him Eve.


2 thoughts on “The Problem of Sin: A Response to Bobby Jindal

  1. Jindal was brought up Buddhist. Converted to Catholicism in College. Now he speaks in “Bible” churches talking about his born again experience (catholic). All to get votes and drum up support for the religious right. These folks believe it’s our duty to change the culture. NAR types support him, Perry, Cruz, etc. Previously good pastors are bringing Glenn Beck and others into their pulpits to talk about culture and politics instead of sin. It seems the more I read the Bible the less I care about politics.

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    • We on the Right are just as susceptible to wanting our ears tickled as those on the Left. The problem is sin; the solution is Jesus. We don’t want to hear that. We want to believe that we can fix our problems.

      Thank you for reading and for commenting, Sean.


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