In Plain Sight

Mankind has an excuse for everything. It is not in human nature to accept responsibility for our actions, yet the world often wants to hold others accountable for their actions. The first man blamed woman. The first woman blamed the serpent. And the serpent….well…he kept silent.

Isn’t that interesting? Satan accepted responsibility for the fall of man in the garden, and Jesus accepted the responsibility of reconciling that debt. So it would seem that only eternal beings are capable of accepting responsibility for their actions.

What’s sad is that it doesn’t seem as though this overt denial of responsibility will end anytime soon:

Then He will say to those at His left hand, Begone from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me and entertain Me, I was naked and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me with help and ministering care. Then they also [in their turn] will answer, Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You? And He will reply to them, Solemnly I declare to you, in so far as you failed to do it for the least [in the estimation of men] of these, you failed to do it for Me. Then they will go away into eternal punishment, but those who are just and upright and in right standing with God into eternal life. -Matthew 25:41-46

It seems that mankind will make excuses right up to the judgment seat of God. Rather than accepting responsibility for their actions and saying “We’re sorry. You are absolutely right, God.” They spend their last moments in denial.

For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification], Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened. -Romans 1:20-21

 

Man is without excuse. Especially now. We have google, smart phones, smart watches, T.V., YouTube, and a million other information outlets. Scripture is readily and instantly available. No mysteries are hidden as they were in the times of the disciples (who were the ones revealing them). No words are left unwritten, no chapters missing. The beginning, middle, and end have all been written down and foretold for nearly 2000 years.

People are not ignorant of God. People can’t even say they don’t believe in God because they constantly acknowledge His existence. Rather, people are refusing and rejecting God because accepting a moral authority means coming to grips with consequences. When people choose not to deal with consequences it is because they believe that running away is somehow better than facing and overcoming adversity. While it is much harder to face and overcome adversity, it is far worse to run.

Running can quite often lead to death. Ignoring and running from a God that has put Himself on display, in plain sight for all to see….will only lead to death.

So what does that mean for us as believers?

It means we cannot falter in our sharing of the gospel for the sake of tolerance. Many Christians are shying away from the power of the gospel because of an irrational fear of man. This must stop or we risk becoming like the ones on His left.

But whoever denies and disowns Me before men, I also will deny and disown him before My Father Who is in heaven. -Matthew 10:33

Political correctness should never trump truth. Temporary feelings should never trump eternal security. Since hindsight is 20/20, do you want to look back from your seat in heaven and say “If I had known [even though man is without excuse] I would have been heralding truth from the rooftops with no fear of losing my life”…? Or would you rather look back and say “We got to as many that would listen?”

The choice is yours. So are the consequences.

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