You Can’t Shock God
“Church” does have its problems. Confusing doctrines, unkind members, and, most of all, a sense of shame before the God we know is there. Whether we are mad at him or ashamed of ourselves, we think our presence will SHOCK Him or the other people.
The neighbor who saw you in that dark alley might be shocked, it’s true.
But God’s not. Nope. Not a bit.
Jesus poured God’s love out on murderers, prostitutes, and tax collectors just as richly as He did the faithful. Because He is not the naïve parent we’ve been hiding from. Sin IS the reason He came. DIED nailed to a wooden CROSS…all that agony in spite of His own innocence. So we wouldn’t have to suffer like that FOREVER for ours.
So NO…our sins do NOT shock Him.
Besides, there are no new sins, just the same old tired ones from forever. If they were ever going to bring joy, we would surely know about it by now. “Sex, drugs, and rock n roll” always feel good…right up to where they ruin your life, steal your joy, and kill you.
And remember—Jesus Himself was always in trouble with the goodie-two-shoes (Pharisees) for hanging out with sinners. He IS our number one ADVOCATE. And a misfit like us.
These days we think we have OTHER answers…doctors and shrinks and welfare and a million other things to support our bad choices. And we never have to call it sin. We think we are good to go.
Yet we know, somewhere deep inside, that we have a dark side, a person we don’t even like living inside the person we pretend to be. A darkness. A sickness.
We hurt people we love. Take things that aren’t ours. Keep secrets, tell lies, and worse. You know it. Nobody needs to tell you. If anybody else did what you know you’ve done in secret, you’d want them punished. For yourself, you make excuses, keep your head down, and hope nobody finds out. And if they do, you have your explanations always brewing.
Justice for them. Mercy for me.
And God knows, too. He knows our heart. That it’s OUR sin we don’t want to hear about. The sins of other people are endlessly fascinating. Crooks, addicts, pedophiles and crooked politicians dominate the evening news. We think we must be good, by comparison.
The gospel is not “good news” to the self-righteous who are not even aware of their sin. But it is the best news to us misfits who know we need to be rescued. It is not good news to unbelievers, or people who believe but don’t want to surrender to it (like demons). But it is wonderful news to those who have been trapped in their sin, had their lives ruined by it. And want to be free.
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! James 2:19
The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3
THERE IS THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS!!! Romans 8:1