Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I deserve the electric chair. {Recognition}

Last week in class, we were talking about the process of salvation, what it means to be saved, and what it took to become adopted children of God. When we were discussing this process, Dr. Corsini allowed me to visualize the reality of Christ's sacrifice on the cross by comparing it to someone watching an innocent person go to the electric chair for a crime that you committed. This visualization stuck with me and made me think of  a scene in the movie "Law Abiding Citizen" (which is rated R so I obviously didn't REALLY watch it....) but hypothetically speaking, if I HAD seen it, I would recall the scene in which Rupert Ames gets strapped to the electric chair for murdering Clyde Shelton's family instead of Clarence Darby who actually DID murder the family. I tend to be a visual learner so when I recalled that visual, it hit me hard that I deserved the electric chair instead of Jesus, but he WILLINGLY let himself take it so as to save my life.

This brings me to my main point, I believe that, at the core, salvation begins with recognition. Not just a simple recognition of the fact that your sins were paid for, but a real life hit-you-in-the-face recognition of the depths of His sacrifice on the cross and a recognition that you so desperately NEED a savior. Once someone has recognized this, the rest of the salvation process should unfold pretty well. When we really take hold of how great that sacrifice was, surrendering becomes a little bit easier. 

In an article I found about Christ's sacrifice, Allen Dvorak discusses the previous ways of penance for sins in that people would offer animals such as bulls as sacrifices. He then addresses the beauty of the fact that Jesus' sacrifice took care of that for us. I don't know about you, but I like the fact that I don't have to sacrifice a bull for the many sins I commit because first of all, I don't even know where I'd find a bull, and second of all, I wouldn't know the first thing about killing one. My luck, I'd mess it up and then the bull would just take me out. 

How does this apply to counseling?
This section will be short because its application to counseling is pretty straight-forward. All humans are fallen and are in need of a savior. Some have yet to realize that and some have, but as we go into this field, I believe that our empathy may be stronger when we realize that we are attempting to help another fallen human who needs a savior. Also, when we have a humble view of ourselves and our need for a savior, we may become much more relatable to our clients. Better things will happen in the counseling setting (and in our own lives) when we have a real recognition of Christ's sacrifice.

My Personal Response:
My favorite part about salvation is the fact that even when i'm a COMPLETE idiot, His faithfulness is constant. I very deeply recognize my terrible shortcomings and desperate need for a savior and am forever thankful that Jesus willingly became that for me- despite me. Much of my response to this topic is already stated throughout this post so i'll end this with this picture which sums it all up pretty well: I may be a great sinner, but I have a greater savior.


  1. I really enjoyed this post. I too am a visual learner and presenting the illustration in the movie really hit it home for me. I also really liked the statment that you said," I believe that our empathy may be stronger when we realize that we are attempting to help another fallen human who needs a savior." This is so true. I think it imporant for christian counselors to evaluate their reasoning behind counseling and to realize the responsibility we have as Gods children. Because we are ALL fallen, I believe that our perspective will change when we view others in this light. Thanks again for sharing!!

  2. Thank you for you post it was refreshingly honest. I have done many things that I am ashamed off and yet God in His great mercy forgives me and opens His arms and accepts me as His child. I have a tendency of feeling superior towards others who are struggling in an area that I am not and time and time again God humbles and reminds me I am not perfect. I am a sinner just as everyone else is and I am no better than anyone else. Thank you for being honest I really enjoyed your post.

  3. Your end post was perfect. During that lecture I remember thinking about all the things that I have done wrong and all the things that I will do wrong. But when he gave the comparison to someone on death row it really broke down that sin is sin, how no one is immune from sin and how judgement also plays a role.


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