“The Christian’s Confirmation Process”
BIBLE READING: Matthew 12. 22-50, Luke 11
Regardless of your political affiliation, you can’t help but be intrigued by what is going on in Washington today. The confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been captivating and polarizing the nation for about 3 weeks. It seems rather strange that Kavanaugh has been facing scrutiny over things that happened in his life over thirty years ago. Items of evidence that have been submitted includes: yearbook signings, pictures, and even notes that were passed while in high school. Kavanaugh has faced extreme criticism of the things he said, the places he went and the things he did over thirty years ago. I for one, would not want to be subjected to that high level of criticism of things I did or said while I was a child. Who among us has not done things and said things in our past that we are ashamed of? It must be embarrassing for him and his family. Although according to the words of Jesus in our reading this morning, there will come a day when we all will stand before the judgement seat of Christ and must give an account “for every careless word they speak” (Matthew 12.36). Doesn’t it terrify you to know that Jesus is going to judge everything you have done and said? It doesn’t have to, because the Bible also tells us that it is possible to wipe those deeds out of God’s memory. That means when we sin, if we seek forgiveness, God will forgive us of those sins and remember them no more (Hebrews 8:12 ). It is because of this forgiveness that we don’t have to be afraid of giving account. On the contrary, we now can come before the throne of God with confidence (Hebrews 4.16). What about you? Do you have that confidence?