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Breaking Bad (or Badly Broken?)

Last Sunday evening millions of Americans were glued to their TV sets.  10,000,000 to be exact.

What was the occasion?  On Sunday evening the series finale of "Breaking Bad" was aired. 

Breaking Bad was so popular and influential that its finale even made national news.  ABC World News Tonight ended their broadcast last Monday with a report about the show's final episode.  

Breaking Bad aired on the AMC cable channel and was set in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The show's main character was a high school chemistry teacher named Walter White.  White is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.  In order to provide for his family's financial future before he dies, White becomes a methamphetamine producer.    

For five seasons viewers watched as White is drawn deeper and deeper into drug dealing.   Over and over again he justifies his actions by saying that he is providing for his family.  In the series finale White is on the run.  After hiding out in New Hampshire, Walter returns to New Mexico where he sees his wife Skylar for the last time.  He again tries to justify his behavior before admitting, "I did it for me.  I was good at it.  It made me feel alive."

White had finally told the truth. 

In Romans chapter 3 we see a very uncomfortable truth revealed about humanity, about ourselves.  All of us are badly broken.

The apostle Paul writes, "There is no one righteous, not even one.  There is no one who understands; no one who seeks God.  All have turned away, they have together become worthless.  There is no one who does good, not even one.  Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.  The poison of vipers is on their lips.  Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.  Their feet are swift to shed blood.  Ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.  There is no fear of God before their eyes." 

Paul is simply telling the truth here.  And he is quoting Scripture (the Old Testament) to do so.  

We only can begin to appreciate the wonder of the Gospel when we realize the depth of our depravity. 

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6-8).



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