Saturday night Fox News reported that many Christian conservatives were offended by Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorable” comments. I, however, have a different thought in mind, a direction radically different than that which Hillary was implying in her remarks. Here it is: Christ came to save deplorables.
Romans 3:23 (ESV): “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I am a wretched sinner. I am a “deplorable.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV): “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus hung on a cross for the “basket of deplorables” so that we might have a personal relationship with God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Now I am clothed in Christ’s righteousness, with new garments that aren’t soiled with unforgiven sin. Paul states so beautifully in Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV) the grace, mercy, and great love God has for deplorable sinners like me!
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.