Secret sin leads to public punishment. No matter how good you think you can hide your wrongs, in the end your sin will find you out.
This past week Imus, a radio show host for over 40 years made headlines in the news for inappropriate comments that led to his termination from his job.His comments led to a public outcry that demanded he be fired for poor choice of words in reference to other persons. Pastor Miles brought up this recent incident because it begs the question, on what basis do we call out right and wrong?
Often times we base what is right and what is wrong by our own personal moral standards. To obtain moral standards we must know absolute truth, truth that we can base our lives upon. As Christians, we can know truth, because we have the Bible, the Word of God.
The controversy associated with the firing Imus does question our right to free speech, as to what can be said and what cannot. What is appropriate and what is inappropriate? We can say that Imus deserved to be fired because what he said hurt someone. However, that is not a justifiable reason in all reality.
If you are in sin, and what the Bible says about your sin offends you, you cannot discard it, because it hurts you in some way. There is legislation currently that is calling into question whether or not pastors can preach against such areas as homosexuality. How far can we let things go before we stand up for truth? Do we even recognize the truths we need to stand up for, and when we need to stand up for them?
Are parts of your life based upon your opinion, or what is popular? If we as Christians, care about the things the world cares for, or justify our lives based upon our own opinions, we may find ourselves harboring sin in our lives. This could be sin that no one else but us knows about. However, as we learn from the story of Achan, harboring secret sin will bring public collateral damage and shame.
Joshua 7:1 states, But the Israelites acted unfaithfully in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Carmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the Lord's anger burned against Israel.
When it comes to following God's plan, God doesn't ask us our opinion to see if we like His idea, rather we just need to obey God and follow Him. After all, as we see in the Bible, He has a pretty good track record, and is completely worthy of our trust.
Secure God's Blessing
Like losing weight, following God is a similar process. People try to lose weight by exercising, but if they don't change the way they eat, they won't see much change in themselves.
The same is true when it comes to securing blessings from God. Often times we see or experience in our own lives that kind of Christian walk. We do all the "stuff," pray, read the Bible, go to church, and so on, but we don't experience any blessing from God.
Just like you need to change the way you eat to lose weight, you need to rid your life of secret sin to secure God's blessing.
Joshua 7:10-12 states, The Lord said to Joshua, "Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.
Confronting Secret Sin
In the story of Achan, we see Joshua, a man of God, confronted Achan's sin. For us as Christians we must allow accountability into our lives, as well as hold others accountable when it comes to dealing with sin, especially that which is easy to keep hidden. When accountability is a part of life, we will begin to see change.
Proverbs 27:6 states, Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
We must lovingly confront our brothers and sisters when we see them harboring sin in their lives.
Joshua 7:19-21 states, Then Joshua said to Achan, "My son, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and give him the praise. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me." Achan replied, "It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.
Confess Secret Sin & Glorify God
As we see with Achan, it is never a good thing to hold on to your secret sin until God forces it out.
We cannot push God to the brink, we must confess our sin and turn from it. We can never think our sin is just our own business; it will affect other people, other areas of our life, and more. The opposite is true as well.
When we live our life to glorify God it is going to affect others and ourselves in a positive way.