You are not the boss of me
I think all kids go through the phase of trying to understand control and who is in charge. All rebel. All at some point say the words “you are not the boss of me” to a friend, sibling, or sometimes to a parent.
One of our questions today asked why people reject the concept of sin and judgment. I think it stems from this exact same mindset.
What was the original temptation in the garden? To be “like God.”
There are two ways we go about this today. The first is denial of God. We start with the premise that there is no God and then manufacture explanations for things that are clear evidence of God. We deny creation itself. We replace God with self will, accident, chance, or even more ridiculous things like “the universe.” Science becomes a god. We explain away and ridicule things we see of God such as the beauty and majesty of creation, while at the same time, worshiping the created instead of the creator. All of this stems from the simple statement that we want to make to God, “you are not the boss of me.”
The second way we go about this same statement is to attempt to elevate ourselves (or sometimes something else) to the level of God. If we are on the same plain as God, then He is not the boss. We deny the uniqueness of ourselves as being made in God’s image, while simultaneously elevating ourselves to the same level as God. We attempt to lower God to our level with statements such as, “how could a loving God…?” We attempt to put ourselves as judge over God, “I could never believe in a God who…” We attempt to lower God to our level by attempting to make promises and “deals” with Him, “God, I’ll do this, if you’ll just…”
But, here is the cold hard truth: God is the boss of you and me. He did create us and everything else and He is in charge. We would be far better off and far happier in life if, instead of rebelling and fighting this fact or living in denial of it, we embraced this fact and then thanked and worshiped God for being such a wonderful, caring, exceptional boss. Frankly, we work for the best boss in the universe!
Man’s nature is sin and deceit, filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
Judgment of God and then Death, (also Romans 6:23)
All prompt it. Even in our attempt to do good we are arrogant and self-righteous. It is only in prayerful obedience that we receive our future holy selves for a very brief period of time. Every one of my sins, both those through commission and omission deserve God’s full sin.
They first are in denial of their own sin. Secondly they desire to be their own god and own judge which was the original sin in the garden