“But He Ain’t The Boss Of Me”

This series of graphics focused on the BIG question “Who do you say Jesus is?” uses found images, usually old ones, that are then drawn and redrawn to hopefully convey a real person, but of today. This one is a mug shot for someone who was arrested on January 7, 1932 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Unlike some of the others, there are a clues that the source photograph was taken many years ago and I didn’t redraw or crop them out. People and heart attitudes haven’t changed all that much.

It’s important that this graphic is obviously a mugshot. It could be me because this man when apprehended boldly says what I have at times tried to hide away in my heart. Perhaps you as well? His eyes give him away, or so it seems to me.

I recently read this thought-provoking quotation.

The two things around which our Lord centered His most scathing teaching were money and marriage, because they are the two things that make men and women devils or saints. Covetousness is the root of all evil, whether it shows itself in money matters or in any way.

– Oswald Chambers “The Highest Good”

The arrested man may be somewhat “on the right track” but he has yet to get to the root of what has brought him to this point, covetousness.

I am wondering how it would be to set aside things like “This is what you are supposed to do with your money” and “This is what you are supposed to do with your sexuality” and instead judged for covetousness?

Covetousness is a thing of the heart, not the wallet or the body.

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. Matthew 15:19 (NASB)

3 thoughts on ““But He Ain’t The Boss Of Me”

  1. Another very interesting topic. I agree that covetousness can certainly lead to sinful things. Here are a few similar thoughts I’ve had related to this.

    Desiring a man or woman who is not your husband/wife is adultery. What if you desire your husband/wife? Is lust a sin if it involves your husband/wife?

    Often in the scripture it refers to lust as desiring someone who you are not married to. I believe the reason is because if you act on it with another person who is not your husband/wife you are acting selfishly. You do so by harming the person you are with by causing them to sin along with you and you act without care for your spouse and family.

    I believe sex is part of a healthy marriage between Christians. Unless you are having sex out of duty, desire is part of the equation. However, if committed and faithful to your spouse, how can your desire for them be sinful?

    In the end I don’t believe emotions are sinful, but rather how we deal with those emotions are. The thought of self importance and the focus of only oneself seems like what leads emotion down the wrong path. It is also what caused a lot of the pagan rituals where they wanted to become god-like. They wanted more power to get whatever they wanted, which includes covetousness and selfishness.

    Thanks again for the great post!

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    1. These are great questions! Over the past year or so, my approach to questions like this has changed. At one time had a very legalistic perspective. Everything was “yes” or “no” and “one answer fits everyone.”

      My approach now is to ask, “Is this something that I am protecting, shielding, and hiding from the Lordship of Jesus? Am I not willing to listen to what He has to say to me?” That is, “Even if Jesus says, ‘Sure. No problem. Go ahead and do what you want,’ am I unwilling to listen to what He has to say from the beginning?” If so, then for me, that’s sinful.

      In a way, it’s like reversing positions with God in the Garden Of Eden. Instead of God telling me, “You may eat every tree except this one…” I’m telling God, you may tell me what to do in every area of my life except this one.”

      I think this “test” works for a lot of different things including the last slice of pie in the refrigerator!

      I hope I explained this well enough. I don’t always have the right words to go with the picture in my mind!


  2. Our wants and desires need to be laid at Jesus’ feet. That doesn’t sound easy. What this man doesn’t realize is that with a new heart from God we slowly start thinking God’s way by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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