Luke 11: An Understanding of Morality
There is a lot I could write about in Luke 11, but I want to focus on the innate sense that humans seem to have to give good gifts to their children.
Luk 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Luk 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
I think the most interesting part of this passage is verse 13. It emphasizes a few things that I think are important to recognize in the Christian worldview.
It first acknowledges that human beings are sinful. I think that is rather self-evident as we see all of the things that can go wrong in this world and in our own lives. We all have this tendency to do bad things even though we try not to.
However, the next part says that even evil people have this innate sense of morality that they know what kind of gifts are good for children. Nobody would give their child a scorpion instead of an egg. It points out very strongly that although we are sinful people, we do have a natural sense of right and wrong embedded within us somewhere on some level.
It makes me think of CS Lewis and the Tao. It is remarkable how even before they were means of modern communication, most places in the world prohibited murder. It wasn’t as if there was pressure from outside cultures. Each individual culture made the decision that murder was wrong, and the question then becomes why they did that. Maybe the reason is that they had the sense of morality embedded in them given that they were designed in the image of God. At the very least, that makes sense.
This passage stood out to me because it does affirm two of the biggest truths of the Christian worldview. We are separated from God, and we know it. Of course, there is also a resolution of that problem. We know that we are reconciled through the work of Jesus Christ, but Christians need to acknowledge that we are sinful even though we try not to be, and we know that right and wrong are real things.