Social media posts are flooded with victims and accusers. From the White House to the Out House, someone is aggravated, angry, victimized, vilified, denied justice, and demanding something.
At the core of our outcry, there seems to be a common thread: self righteousness. The assumption in many tweets, texts, posts and articles is that the one writing the information, or pointing out the flaws in others is flawless.
Sin, and the consequences of it are common in every human being. Every human being. Yes, every human being.
One day a group approaches Jesus and essentially tattle tells on some Galileans who were in cahoots with Pilate, and ending up dying because of their alliance. (Luke 13). Jesus asks a probing question, “do you think these Galileans were worse sinners because they suffered this way?”
That’s a rhetorical question. Jesus asks the same question about a local tragedy in the text. His answer is “unless you repent, you will perish the same way.”
Jesus is telling us that we are all equal opportunity sinners and all equally have the opportunity to repent.
Murderers, rapists, racists, liars, cheaters, super-nice guy, super-mean woman, town drunk, city attorney, fortune 500 business owner, activist, soldier, pacifist,… ALL sinners in need of repentance. All in need of the grace of God.
Our wonderful, holy and awesome God who never sins, and hates sin, says this when an unrepentant person dies: ” I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked…” Ezekiel 33:11. The verse goes on to say, “…but rather that they would turn from their ways and live.”
When we are happy that someone goes to prison, or dies we are not being like Jesus. We’re acting like the devil. When we are happy that our political rivals lose and get in trouble with the law, we are not being like Jesus. We’re being like the devil. When we are happy and snarky that we won an intellectual argument; we’re not being like Jesus, we’re being like the devil.
Grace for everyone but… is not a verse in the bible. Grace is for the worst of sinners, because we are all worst sinners.