Soon we’ll enter another election season. If history repeats itself, the opposing side will post on social media every disgraceful moment their “enemy” ever did. It’s distressing seeing our political leaders’ worst moments televised.
Every minute of every day, there’s no escaping inquiring minds.
As wonderful as I am (tongue in cheek, for sure), I’m glad there isn’t a camera or Smartphone recording my every word and action.
Yet God hears and sees everything I do, every minute of every day. If I allow myself to think about this too much, I feel ashamed.
The point of this week’s column is not to comment on our candidates’ poor behavior – or the grave consequences of their actions. Rather, I hope to encourage us to remember that we all need a Savior.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 ESV.
The Redeemer Himself – while we were in our shameful, sinful state – died for us.
The closer we come to Christ, the more we recognize how utterly wretched we are and how much we need a Savior. Yet, God, in His mercy, sees us as endearing and worthy of love.
It is this mercy and love that transforms us.
If we feel we’re not as bad as the one who sits on death row, or someone who got suspended from school, or a politician exposed for saying or doing despicable acts, perhaps we need to read Luke 18.
Observe the humility of the tax collector when he recognized his own faults and stood “far off, [and] would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’” (verse 13, ESV).
We. All. Sin.
The sooner we go to our heavenly Father to confess our sin and ask for forgiveness, the sooner we’ll experience His mercy and transformational power.
As we allow God to continue His work in us, we’ll become people of integrity and enjoy the benefits of a good reputation. And with humble and grateful hearts, we’ll be less likely to point fingers on social media – and more likely to pray for those who are stumbling.
What about you?
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