First, we have the Jets.
If you are old enough you remember the musical, West Side Story. One of the musical numbers has the Jets singing to Officer Krupke. They dance and sing about how so many experts have tried to figure out why they are such hoodlums. After going through all of the explanations that have been given for their anti-social behavior by psychologists and social workers they came to a timeless conclusion.
“Deep down inside we’re just no good.”Today that is rejected. Then it was obvious.
One of the foundational concepts that has molded our culture is the view of the nature of man. Is man basically good or bad? If he is good, why do things go bad? If he is bad, can he become good? How? These questions are at the root of our social institutions and are ignored by most people. We don’t want to deal with it. It strikes too close to home and might demand changes in us.
The United States as a nation was founded on the basic idea that man was evil and needed God’s intervention to do good. That is why we have checks and balances in the Constitution. The current cultural leaders in education, science, the arts and government reject that founding philosophy. They believe that man is good naturally but has been corrupted by society. By society they mean people who disagree with them. That would be me and, I hope, you.
If you are a Christian then you have no choice really. You must believe that man is sinful. It is a clear teaching of the Bible.
(Romans 3:23 KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;The Jets knew it. Do You?
To be continued...
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