One such podcast introduced me to a fellow by the name of Jordan Peterson, a Dr. in Psychology and a growing figure on the lecture circuit and podcast realm.
He teaches total depravity (sort of). He doesn't know he is doing it, but from a Christian perspective, if you read between the lines, he gets it. Some say he is a Christian as he has dabbled with the Bible, but I'd say he is a man under conviction and hopefully one day will trust in the Lord, but I am pretty sure he isn't there yet. However, that hasn't stopped him from coming up with some interesting insights on man's moral state and how wretched we can be.
Mr. Peterson adopted his vague view of depravity when he began to ask himself what he would really be capable of doing to his fellow human beings, if the right circumstances came together. He uses examples of German soldiers in WW2 who for all practical purposes before the war may have been loving family men with high moral character who turned into monsters. He gives examples and shows how it didn't just happen all at once, but how over time and the course of the war many became hardened and in the end doing things that in the beginning, they probably wouldn't have done. He realized, that if he was to be in the same situation, indoctrinated with the same beliefs, and under the tremendous pressure to serve and support his fellow countrymen, that perhaps he would even be capable of the unthinkable.
Sin usually doesn't just develop into its worst form. It grows, it is fed, it buys into lies, and what seemed not so bad, turns into a nightmare. We can see this even in Church history where men were burned by other men who actually believed they were serving God. Or in secular states like Hitler's Germany or Stalin's Russia, where many millions were killed because of ethnicity, religion, or other generic reasons that we look back on today and think "how could that be?" I wonder Christian, where does abortion fit into all of this? Are we really doing enough? Do we really believe its murder?
We all like to think that if we lived back then, we'd be the ones to take in Jews and hide them from the Nazi's, or the ones to hide the slaves who escaped, or give ourselves to be burned because our doctrine doesn't agree with the Church during the times of reformation. Think about it, most of us don't even take the time to protest at an abortion clinic, or even help those who do. How depraved are we? Are we any different today? Think about it.