Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Your sin will find you out

The ancient scripture found in the Book of Numbers is as true today as it was thousands of years ago and it will always be true throughout eternity.

“…You may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23, NIV)

Former New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer, drew his bank’s attention after several sizable transfers of funds occurred. The bank contacted the IRS. The IRS investigated and Spitzer was soon busted. He had been paying large sums of money for sex with prostitutes.

As I watched his wife stand by his side in press conferences and thought of the confusion and humiliation his daughters are going through, it occurred to me…

“If you think it is awful, like the worst day of your life, to have your sin found out here and now, wait until you stand before God someday.”

Spitzer reminded me that no one EVER gets away with anything. Someone might get away with something throughout this lifetime but eventually everyone stands before God and “your sin will find you out.”

In an unrelated story I learned that an innocent man is about to be released from prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Alton Logan was literally at home and in bed asleep when Andrew Wilson went into a McDonald’s in 1982 and killed a security guard. Police found witnesses who mistakenly identified Logan and he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He's been in prison for 26 years! Wilson’s attorneys, who knew that Wilson had committed the murder, never said a word to anyone because of the attorney-client privilege. Wilson died within the past year thinking that he got away with murder. Now that his life in this world is over he knows that his sin found him out and that he got away with nothing.

The attorneys have now come forward in an attempt to see Logan go free.

My point of reflection is that sin is serious. It has terrible consequences. It brings destruction to innocent people. In novels and movies people get away with sin. In our world it often appears that people get away with sin. We need reminders such as the stories of this week that our sin will find us out.

The reason that God has declared some things as sin is because they are broken, hurtful, pain-inflicting, consequential things from which our Lord wants to spare us. The way of righteousness is not about obnoxious “self-righteousness” but about right ways that are full of life and blessings.

Spitzer is still alive and can still repent, find forgiveness and perhaps rebuild his life with the help of God's grace. I pray that he will.

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