We all get caught.

Both Paula Deen and Aaron Hernandez are living out a key gospel truth: judgement exists.

Paula Deen is living out Jesus’ words as found in Luke 12:2 & 3- “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore 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.

Aaron Hernandez apparently has quite the temper and attitude; as a rookie he supposedly took on veteran player Wes Welker in the Patriot’s locker room. Now, he’s been arrested on murder charges. Jesus, again, from Matthew 5:21-23- “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brotherwill be liable to judgment; whoever insultshis brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”

Predictably, both of these people have their haters. Twitter and Facebook come alive with judgment, as though we are without sin, as though we’ve never uttered a racist comment in jest or expressed hatred of our fellow man.

We do these things because, like Deen and Hernandez, we are confident that no one will EVER look into our emails or text messages, our Vine postings, Facebook offerings or web histories. We boast in the idea that no one will remember that stupid thing said in the 8th grade or the lustful gaze we exchanged with a person not our spouse.

The ultimate gospel truth in this story is that judgment exists. According to Revelation 20 in the Bible, each one of us will stand before the God that knows all, sees all and is in all places and we will “be judged according to what we’ve done.” The great culling will take place. Some will go to a place of eternal unity with God, while others (many in fact) will face eternal separation. The Determiner of our destination is none other than Jesus himself.

The good news is that Jesus is also our Mediator, the one who steps in on our behalf and while he has paid the penalty for all, only those that have accepted it and live in obedience to him escape the penalty. Have you accepted Him?


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