I was reading an adoption blog recently when the mom posted her confusion over why some people say such hurtful things about her family. She was shocked that anyone could say anything so awful and hateful. I have also heard the same sentiment expressed by Christians on any number of horrible things that people say or think.
But how else could we expect a nonbeliever to act or speak?
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.Psalm 51:5
Why do people say and do such wicked things??
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9
"Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." Luke 6:45
"The mouth of the wicked pours out evil things." Prov. 15:28
People say evil things because of the evil that is inside them. Apart from Christ,
"there is none who do good. None who seek God. No not one." Romans 3:9-18
The only righteousness we have comes from Christ. Romans 3:21-31
It is time we as Christians stopped being so shocked by the sinful behavior of sinners and started having compassion for them in their lost state. It is only when we have a heart of compassion that we will be moved to share the gospel with those who so desperately need it.