Then there is the human storm, the atmospheric downgrade when the dark clouds of human nature explode. It's more scattered storms by type, moral and ethical squalls stirred by heat and condensation of emotion where optimum conditions exist. Still, Hominum is a consistent front across the national landscape. These thunderclouds hover over lines at the discount store, cars in the morning commute, criminals seeking satisfaction, in the cubicles at work, or in church pews. Interestingly, even with the advances in forecasting technology the professionals can't find agreement about the conditions that produce these anomalies. But, storm Hominum, the Latin word for "human", unloads streams of deadly force where storm dynamics exist.
Take, for example, gun violence in the United States. As of yesterday there have been
38,048 American gun deaths in our nation this year. There have been another 34,722 gun related injuries in that same time period. And, there are many more shocking statistics about this particular Hominum storm. If you'd like to examine the data gathered at the Gun Violence Archive, click here. Of course, many forecasting professionals affirm that these storms are the result of United States gun laws. Then again, there's Hominum, the storm of human nature. These stats are most likely the result of the human storm.
Another example? How about abortion. This may be storm central for many people, especially those holding a Christian worldview. From 1973-2018 there have been 61.8 million abortions in America. This storm took 862,320 lives in 2017. Storm professionals have given a wide series of conditions that produce these high pressure systems in so many people. Just the same, many others cite storm Hominum, the dark clouds of human nature that permits conception outside the bounds of marriage.
What can we learn from storm Hominum?
1. Human nature is sinfully distant from God.
Culture has envisioned and taught the essential goodness of mankind. It is true that human beings are the image bearers of God, created in his image. Even so, we chose a sinful path and exist as sinful humans. Hominum is the result of this human storm. The Apostle Paul wrote, "The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2: 14, ESV). Hominum resists spiritual direction.
2. Sinful humans can be redeemed from Hominum.
Who of us doesn't know the lifetime storm of Hominum, the struggle with our basic human instincts. Yet, there is the truth of redemption written about by the Apostle Paul, "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5: 8, ESV). Sinful humans can be relieved of storm Hominum and the dreadful results of human nature. Thank God. Hominum doesn't have to rule us.
3. We should love and care for the victims of Hominum.
Loving and caring for others isn't a strange, uncertain theme of Scripture. Even those guilty of Hominum disruption or evil storms should be the recipients of our most blessed spiritual responses. Simon Peter wrote, "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4: 8, ESV). Genuine love brings pleasant weather conditions that can see through the darkest clouds.
4. Only faith in Christ can calm the storms of Hominum.
Human nature is evil. Our contemporary forecasters prescribe many atmospheric solutions to calm the storms of Hominum. Scripture teaches the essential redemptive truth written by Simon Peter, "By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire" (2 Peter 1: 4, ESV). No human institution can calm this calamity.
Hominum is the constant storm of human nature. It's clouds hover over us in every life circumstance. Only God in Christ can dispel and scatter the clouds of this destructive storm system.
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