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Anonymity and secrecy are a myth.  The recent Ashley Madison hacking scandal made this abundantly clear as over 30 million people were exposed as members of a website whose primary purpose was to help men and women connect to have affairs.  This exposure has left millions of homes and marriages shaken, and some broken beyond repair.
These 30 million people were lured into this trap under the promise of anonymity. “No one will ever know” was the promise/lie that led them to take this step. Now they find themselves exposed for all the world to see.
But what if this hack never happened? What if today 30 million people were still “secretly” pursuing an affair? No matter how secret your sins appear, Hosea makes it very clear that secrecy is a myth.
You may be able to hide your sin from your spouse, friends, or family. You may be able to keep those things in the dark, but ultimately, you are entirely exposed when it comes to God.  “He sees them all.”  “Small” sins or the big disgusting sins like Ashley Madison are all the same to a holy God.
Though we would like to point fingers at those on “the list” the truth is all of us have been laid bare before God.  Nothing is hidden.  This is why we all need Jesus.  “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
None are innocent.  To know Christ is to be honest about our sin and struggle.  To turn from it and to run into the merciful, forgiving, loving arms of God.  There we can find healing, forgiveness, and strength to go to war against the devil and the sinful tug of the flesh. So before you begin pointing fingers of accusation or boldly declaring “they’re getting what they deserve” stop and realize these men and women who have had their sins exposed to the world need Jesus to cleanse them…and so do you.

Chronological Bible Reading – January 20 – A Lesson from Lot

Today’s Reading: Genesis 19-21, Genesis 25:12-18, 1 Chronicles 1:28-31

God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19, but spares Lot, his wife, and their two daughters.  Lot’s wife, however, is lost when she disobey’s God’s instructions and looks back toward Sodom and Gomorrah.

The final portion of Genesis 19, in my opinion, is the most disturbing account in the book of Genesis.  Lot is hiding/living in isolation in a cave with his daughters.  In their efforts to continue their family line, Lot’s daughters get their father drunk and sleep with him.  Both become pregnant by their own father.

I find myself asking, “how does a person get to the place where they see that behavior as acceptable?”  Though, purely speculative, I have to believe the place where they were raised had to play some role.  These daughters, like all men and women, were born in a state of sinfulness because they were descendants of Adam.  Put a depraved mind in a place like Sodom and Gomorrah and this is the fruit you see.  Lot obviously did not stand in the gap for his girls.  In fact, Lot was just as depraved by his willingness to give his virgin daughters to an angry mob outside his door.

Be careful, lest we think our culture is better than that of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Yesterday was “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” and I am reminded that we live in a society that has declared it is ok to murder the unborn.

Lot obviously allowed depravity and wickedness to infiltrate his home.  I too have two girls to raise in a culture that is depraved.  I, however, by God’s grace, will stand in the gap.

O Lord, strengthen my hands!

Andy

Weeping at the Feet of Jesus!

Luke 7:47 – Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many are forgiven — for she loved much.  But he who is forgiven little, loves little. (ESV)

The end of Luke chapter seven tells the familiar story of Jesus having dinner with a Pharisee named Simon.  As they are seated to have dinner, a woman comes into the room and makes her way to Jesus.  This was no ordinary woman.  The Bible says that she was a “woman of the city, who was a sinner.” (Luke 7:37)  This description is understood by most scholars to indicate her position as a prostitute.  As she approaches Jesus, she is crying.  She kneels down behind him and begins to clean Jesus’ feet with her tears, and wipe them with her hair.  The account even says she begins to kiss his feet.  Finally, she breaks an alabaster jar of expensive perfume and pours it out on his feet. Continue reading

There’s No Such Thing as Small Sin

Just a brief post this morning to serve as a reminder to all of us. If we are not careful, we can be lured into the belief that some sins are no big deal. “It’s just a little white lie” or “No one got hurt, so its ok” are phrases you will hear occaisionally regarding sinful behaviors. In our world of relative truth, what may be sinful to one is not sinful to another. There are no absolute standards of right and wrong. However, as Christians, we know there is absolute truth, and it is found in God’s Word. God is our ultimate standard of truth, and because of this, there is no such thing as a “small sin”. We find proof of this in many places, but I read it again this morning in Genesis 39 with Joseph’s reply to Potiphar’s wife.

Genesis 39:9 He (Potiphar) is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” (ESV)

Regardless of size or type, sin has no place in the life of a born again Christian. If you are involved in some sinful pattern of behavior, you must realize that even when it seems you are the only one involved or affected by the behavior, you are, in fact, sinning against a holy God. Take some time very soon to look through the scriptures to see what God does with those who sin against him. This should serve as a scary reminder. Repent and turn back to Him!

Rest in Jesus!

Andy