It is truly amazing that some of our public figures have been exposed on morality issues recently. It is a wonder that these public figures who have claimed to be Christian has even picked up a bible and read it. Did they happen to turn to Exodus 20 when deciding which battles to put on public display? It looks like it was glossed over for more attention, money, or glory.
Exodus 20 begins the biblical discussion of the Ten Commandments. Those things that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai given to him from God so that His people could live holy lives, those are the Ten Commandments. Thou shall not have any other gods but I AM. Thou shall not take the Lord’s name in vain. Thou shall remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Thou shall honor thy father and thy mother. Thou shall not commit murder. Thou shall not commit adultery. Thou shall not steal. Thou shall not lie. Thou shall not desire your neighbor’s wife. Thou shall not desire thy neighbor’s belongings.
When people are asked about moral absolutes they will mention the issue addressed in the Ten Commandments. These are the things they are striving for to be a good person. They innately want to honor their mother and father. They don’t want to steal. They don’t want to commit murder. They don’t want to live in envy of their friend’s family, friends, and things. People are pushing themselves, in general, to do the right thing. So, what gives? Why do so many people fall short? Why do so many people almost make it to the pinnacle and fall tumbling down below the minions?
God tells us in Romans 3:23 that for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. He did not say some. He didn’t even say only those in the Southern Hemisphere or who live in desert climates. And, God didn’t reveal that the neighbor across the street who is hatin’ is the one who has fallen short. God in His infinite wisdom said ALL have sinned and fallen short of His glory. The person on the bus has sinned and fallen short. The President has sinned and fallen short. Even the baby coming out of his mother’s womb has sinned and fallen short.
What does this mean? Why would God say that? Well, sin defined in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary is an ineffective state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God. When we do something that God has not ordained or is not of Him, we have sinned. When we sin, we have failed to reach the glory of God that was designed for that moment in time. When we sin, we have placed an obstacle in our relationship with God. When we sin and fall short, the enemy wins that battle.
But do know the enemy does not win the war. In Revelations 20:10, God tells us that the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented ay and night for ever and ever. God wins the war! God wins the WAR!
Lately there have been a lot of public figures who miss the mark, especially in the sin of adultery like Senator John Edwards (NC), Senator John Ensign (NV), Actor Mel Gibson, Governor Mark Sanford (SC) and Governor Eliot Spitzer. And let’s not forget us who have taken a pen from work for personal use. Or, we have told someone they look nice even when we thought what they had on was horrible. Or, even when we thought we would be comfortable in that house in Bel Air. All of those times is when we have sinned. What sins have we committed? We have stolen, lied, and desired someone else’s stuff. As God said, everyone has sinned one way or another. But what are we to do? We are not to let human failings make us into hypocrites. We are to stand for God, strengthen our witness, and let people know how they should react when they see sin.
How do we do that? We remember that God told us in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We are to kneel down on our knees and humble ourselves to the Almighty God and tell him we were wrong and how we wronged Him. We are to ask for forgiveness for our wrongdoings. And, then our God is so awesome that He will cleanse us and make us new. He won’t hold any of our sins against us. On Judgment Day it won’t show up in the book. Jesus died on the cross to wipe us clean of all that sin. All we have to do is ask.
Remember that there are still consequences for sin though. Mel Gibson’s marriage of many years ended. Governor Spitzer lost his governorship. And, Senator Ensign stepped down from leading the Republican Party Committee in the Senate. We may not be able to look that person in the eye when they wear that outfit again which harms our relationship. We might not be able to enjoy the home in Beverly Hills God gave to us as a blessing. Our testimony may get messed up by having the pen at bible study. A death occurs when there is sin. The spirit grieves when there is sin. But, God will cleanse and right us if we confess.
If we are sinners can we afford to live our life on a stage? Are we supposed to be in the public’s eye? Are we supposed to stand up for what’s right? Are we supposed to interact with others? Yes, we are. But, in fulfilling our God given purpose, we are to be humble. We are to let others know we have fallen too! We are to direct them to the Christ who died for their sins and the God who has forgiven them. We are not to get so high and mighty that we forget the God who gave us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We need to be humble and give others a break. As we climb the mountains of our lives, we are to remember that it is God who gives us the strength for the climb and He should be the one who gets the Glory.
May God continue to get the Glory! Amen!
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