Friday, February 18, 2011

How are we all like Lindsay Lohan?

As I am getting ready this morning I had the ABC morning show on in the background. Dina Lohan, mom of Lindsay Lohan, is being interviewed about her daughters most recent media attention. They are discussing all the trouble that she has been in over the past few years and the scare of her possible going back to jail.

The conversation led to the obvious question, "What can be done to help Lindsay now stay on the straight and arrow path?" Dina Lohan responded, "As a parent we do not have a training book, but we just hope to teach are kids to be good and live a moral life."

This interview caused me to reflect on how we are all like Lindsay Lohan. No, most of us do not live her lifestyle, make her money, and probably have not been charged for a DWI or recently been accused of stealing a necklace. But we are all like her in that we cannot be good or live a moral life on our own. So, the question remains, what can be done? Is teaching her how to be good and live a moral life what she needs?

We are all like Lindsay Lohan and therefore it does not matter if we are taught to "be good" and attempt to live a "moral life." The Bible teaches that we are all depraved, every last one of us (Rom. 3:9-10). That means that none of us can be taught to do good or live a moral life because at the end of the day we will all fail at doing this. And if you you think you are exempt I would love to talk with you. So, does that mean that Lindsay Lohan, like the rest of us, is hopeless?

Being totally depraved, apart from Christ, yes we are all hopeless. There is no hope for Lindsay because is she doesn't go to jail this time, then there will be another time that she does something else stupid that may take her to jail.  In fact Romans 14:23 Paul says, "Whatever is not from faith is sin." This means that if we are all in total rebellion, then everything we do is a result of our rebellion not just what we look at as wrong is in rebellion to God, which cannot honor God.

But there is hope for Lindsay and all of us through the life and work of Christ. We see this through the life that Christ lived and his death on the cross, which we all have a hope now because Christ stood in our place by taking the only suitable punishment for all the stupid, wrong, and sinful things that we have done in rebellion to God (1 Peter 3:18; Gal. 1:4).

*For the full story of our rebellion as man and the hope we have in Christ:

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