From out of the late 1960’s came a song called “Born to be Wild.” The title of this iconic song quickly became a “wildly” popular catch phrase for the biker community, due to its film debut in the 1969 movie “Easy Rider.”
“Born to be Wild” was written shortly after Mars Bonfire purchased a used Ford falcon. Prior to purchasing the vehicle, he felt trapped in his apartment, so the song naturally flowed from the sensation of the freedom he felt while out on the open road. One of the lines of the song reads like this: “Like a true nature’s child we were born, born to be wild.”
To be wild is to be unleashed and untamed: we’re free to roam and do as we choose with that freedom.
Just as Dennis Eugene McCrohan (Aka Mars Bonfire) tasted that freedom in his Ford falcon, we all come into the world with that taste of freedom as well: we call it free will!
While God gave all of us this free will, our freedom to choose also revealed the true heart and mind of humanity: one that is at war with God.
Because God is Omnipresent (meaning that He isn’t bound by time) God knew what man would choose. However, as my favorite novelist and appologist C.S. Lewis puts it, apparently God thought it worth the risk to create a real world.
“God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong, but I can’t. If a thing is free to be good it’s also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible.
Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata -of creatures that worked like machines- would hardly be worth creating.
The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they’ve got to be free.
Of course God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way: apparently, He thought it worth the risk. (…) If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will -that is, for making a real world in which creatures can do real good or harm and something of real importance can happen, instead of a toy world which only moves when He pulls the strings- then we may take it it is worth paying.”
Scripture reveals that given the choice to heed the voice of God or not, the first man (Adam), and His wife (Eve) gravitated towards their own desire. Eve was deceived by Satan, who appears to her as a serpent in the opening book of the Bible, but the choice was still hers.
Adam also had His instigator (Eve), who handed him the fruit, but he too chose to listen to Eve instead of God, and ate from the forbidden tree.
“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:16-17).
We call this nature in us sin; It’s our strong rebellious will to do things in our own way–disregarding God’s authority.
This disobedient nature is evident from a very young age. Small children often push the boundaries to see what they can get away with. They don’t usually like the word “No” either, though they quickly latch onto the word when it suits their own purpose.
We call Adam and Eve’s sin “original sin,” and we call this point in history the “fall of mankind” because before Adam and Eve’s disobedience, everything God had created was considered good. His glory (the overwhelming beauty that is God) was evident in everything that He had created.
We were Created for God’s Glory
God created the earth and everything in it for His glory–that is, He created everything so that all that He is could be seen in what He created (Isaiah 43:7).
Even in our fallen world we can still see God’s glory all around us if we just take the time to look.
It’s in the sunset; it’s in the stars at night; it’s in the rainbow; it’s in every blade of grass and flowering plant. It’s also in the birth of a child; it’s in a warm embrace; it’s in acts of kindness.
For those of us who believe, it was there in Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. As one of my favorite Bible Scripture puts it, we have no excuse. We can’t avoid it. God’s nature surrounds us. Even man himself is a reflection of who God is, even though that expression was marred by our rebellion.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” –Romans 1:20
We may have been born “wild,” but God never intended for us to stay “wild.”
We come into this world stubborn, thick headed, and strong willed, and I suppose we could argue this point with God, blaming Him for creating us as are, but it’s no use. Who can argue with God?
“Everything that happens was planned long ago. A man is only what He was created to be. It is useless to argue with God about it. This is because God is more powerful than man is. The more you argue the more useless it is. You gain nothing by arguing.” –Ecclesiastes 6:10-11
Whatever your preferred mode of travel, go ahead and enjoy the road that God has put before you (Deuteronomy 30:19), but always remember: we are allowed to do all things, but not all things are good for us to do. (1 Corinthians 10:23) How should we use our freedom then? All to the glory of God.
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” –Acts 16:31
Info on the origin story of the song “Born to be Wild” was gathered and paraphrased from this site. The full article is pretty interesting, if you enjoy origin stories. Obviously I do. 🙂