I know you have said that you don’t need church or religion–it’s full of hypocrites anyways. I agree. In fact, I have found hypocrites in the most unlikely places. I found some at the bank, the post office, Starbucks, the grocery store, and even employed with Apple. Amazing! I’ve seen hypocritical husbands, wives, parents, and employers. I see the dual lifestyles of so many people and wonder “what the heck?” Hypocrites are definitely a problem. But are they really your problem?
What do you do with the guilt for the bad things you have done that eats at you when you are alone? What do you do about the wild and sometimes evil thoughts that pass through your head on a daily basis? What do you do with the shame from the actions you have committed that have wounded or maybe even destroyed another person? What do you do with your insatiable desire to numb your feelings, or gratify your desires? By what standard will you filter your thoughts and actions?
When crimes and atrocities happen in the world, everyone asks the question “why?” or “what were they thinking?”, or “what would drive him/her to……” Everyone wants there to be boundaries on the behavior of humanity. All of us want others to behave in ways that treat others with kindness, decency, and love. Who gets to set those boundaries? Have you ever thought about that?
Shame, guilt, hypocrisy, and selfish self-gratification are realities at work in all of us. All of us. They are existential consequences to lifestyles that are lived contrary to the prescribed design. You can’t escape it, you can only temporarily numb it– unless you have a Savior. Unless someone or something takes on the full weight of all that you carry in guilt, sin, shame, and selfishness and destroys its power by bearing the full consequence, you and I will continue to carry this weight and spend the rest of our lives trying to shake it–with no success.
As much as I want to, I cannot rescue you. Even if I could take chemotherapy in your stead, I cannot remove your “cancer”. I just can’t. I am powerless. I cannot be your moral compass, your peace, your eternal future, or the reason for your existence. I can possibly relieve some of your suffering by offering comfort and friendship, but I myself had to be rescued from my own cancer of sin. I found out quickly that there was nothing within me that could eliminate my disease of selfishness, shame, guilt, and hypocrisy. Looking within myself I could not find a morality good enough or a reason high enough to justify my life.
I need– you need,–we need a Savior. I have found Jesus to be just that. To have never told you would be my cruelest act. To watch you suffer when I have found the remedy would be incomprehensible.
I can’t speak for those who call Him Lord and live as frauds. You will find them everywhere. I can, however, speak of the Savior Jesus, who holds the power to change you, the remedy to heal you, and the grace to see you through from this moment into eternity. That is who I have put all of my hope in, and I have found Him more than able.
The Message (MSG)
21-24 But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.
25-26 God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.