Society has so many rewards to offer those who compromise their faith... recognition, power, acceptance, influence, wealth and self gratification. Yet, when we do whatever seems good to our own eyes, rather than following God’s guidelines; we will see the moral, political and economic decay of a nation.
We as humans constantly look for heroes. We find them in the gifts and talents of man, without a thought to his moral fiber. We set our sights on the wealthy, the musicians, the actors on screen, the sports arenas, politicians, and even the religious sect.
The news media makes a lot of money exposing the sins of those same people to the world. We sit back and listen to the news of former presidents, musicians, politicians, evangelists and athletes who were found to have fallen after being tempted by lust. Others were found to have fallen into temptation of embezzlement or murder.
In the most recent news, I am reminded of what the bible says about sin. I am reminded of King David and even Samson who were undone by lust. Yet, in the end God used these men. They surrendered to God and repented of their sin and were used in a mighty way.
As we listen to the tragic things that are happening to very public people, we should be reminded that God sees our own thoughts and we are not to feel we could never be caught in sin. I Corinthians 10:13 ‘There is no temptation taken ye, but such as is common to man. But God is faithful and will not suffer ye to be tempted above that ye are able. But will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.’
When tempted to judge, look up. When tempted to sin, look up. This nation’s framework has been decaying for a long time. We have been doing whatever seems good to us, mindless of what the word of God says. He has some direct guidelines and reminds us in the book of Numbers chapter 32.
Moses was leading the people into the promised land and a group of people called the Reubenites and the Gadites asked if they could stay in the land where it was good for their large herds and flocks rather than cross the Jordan and go to war. They agreed to build pens for their livestock and continue over the Jordan to help establish the others in their own place.
Moses agreed but reminded them, ‘If you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.’
It is the same today, ‘your sin will find you out.’ Yet, as Christians we do not rejoice over finding out someone else’s sin. Rather, we rejoice in the restoration of that person through repentance. Knowing that God is our only hero.