How God Views the News

December 3, 2017


No one understands the consequences of sin more completely than God.  Although He is absolutely holy and absolutely removed from sin, He does, however have a unique vista to the devastation of it.  We have watched over the last several weeks, brave woman after brave woman come forward to share their stories that have scarred and been life-altering.  We have witnessed powerful men fall from their places of fame.  Men who thought they were untouchable, privileged and entitled.  There are no doubt millions of other victims and perpetrators. 



Jim Denison makes this argument: 


Jesus warned us, "Nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light" (Luke 8:17).


He added, "Whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops" (Luke 12:3).  His warning needs continual emphasis because we typically think it doesn't apply to us. When we are tempted with private immorality, the tempter wants us to believe that such sin will remain private. No one will know or be hurt, he whispers in our ear.  Think about all the powerful men whose personal sins have been exposed in recent weeks. Sitting congressmen, movie executives, business tycoons—if anyone had the power and resources to hide their immorality, they did. 


But God's word applied to them just as it does to us all: "Be sure your sin will find you out" (Numbers 32:23).  If we are harboring private sin and think that we are safe because it is not yet known, think again. Perhaps the enemy is biding his time, waiting until public disclosure will bring even greater shame to your family and witness.  The best time to repent of sin is right now. It is appropriate for us to condemn the immorality that seems to be sweeping through our country. 


But we must also admit that we are also sinners. Scripture is blunt: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We may have not committed the sins in the news, but we have committed others.  It is important for Christians to strike the right balance between accountability and humility. We are "ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us" (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are called to call others to repent of their sins and turn to Christ for forgiveness and grace.  But we must do so while seeking the help of God's sanctifying Spirit. "Let anyone who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12)


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