Humans are not inherently “good.” Because we have a sinful nature, we are naturally inclined towards evil. “No one is righteous, not even one…” (Romans 3:10) One of the evidences for this is road rage.
Not long ago, I had a little road rage incident. Long story short: some guy thought I cut him off, and he proceeded to flip me off and make a gun gesture with his hand. He used his mock-gun to mime shooting me, mouthing, “I’m going to #$@!ing kill you!” It was pretty crazy.
The incident left me asking, how can a human being become so hateful and irate, at the flip of a switch, towards another person? If I had bumped into this guy at the grocery store, I doubt he would have had the gumption to threaten murdering me in person. But for some reason, when we get in our cars behind a couple inches of glass and metal, our inhibitions fade away and our true nature comes out.
Some argue that we are good, but scripture says we aren’t. Society conditions us to behave properly to avoid pain or penalty. People don’t steal from their neighbors or murder because they fear the legal penalty. People don’t pick their nose in public because they fear being mocked.
But if you put people in a situation where the threat of repercussions is removed, the sinful nature comes out. It’s shocking how quickly looting starts after a natural disaster. It’s amazing how many people pick their nose in the car, and it’s amazing how that guy threatened to shoot me in the head from behind the safety of his car window.
Maybe you don’t struggle with anger or road rage, but it’s just one example of our sinful nature. It’s related to why so many married people engage in adulterous behavior via Facebook. When our inhibitions are lowered, sin is unchecked.
The only way we can be good is by being spiritually reborn. We have to execute our old selves, and live through Jesus in us. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)