The One Man: In Need of New Humanity / Romans 1:1-3:20

The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods.
— Thomas Merton

God created a good world and very good people. All the material of the universe is laden with his beauty and human persons are stamped with his image. But the corruption of sin has choked all that goodness and shrouded its light. We have turned love into lust and passion into envy and justice into malice. We have rejected the harmony and simplicity of life with God and embraced the fractures and chaos of life apart from him. What we have chosen is not life, but death. We have ripped apart the fine woven fabric of creation. And what hope now remains for this pile of tattered rags in the menacing hands of its destroyers? Can we mend what we have rent? No. The goodness of our humanity is damaged beyond repair. We need a new humanity. We need fresh life to recover the mantle of our original design. We need a gift from beyond our shores.