What If God Was Hacked

Posted: August 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

Unless you live on Mars, you have probably seen the news over the last 48 hours about Josh Duggar and the Ashley Madison debacle. For those few rock dwellers…

Quick Recap

AshleyMadison.com is a website that pairs married men looking to have a discreet affairs with woman looking to provide certain services to fulfil these desires.

Recently they were hacked and the names of this website’s 32,000,000 client, including Joshua Duggar, were released to the public. Every man that used these services has been outed. Wives are fuming and business is booming for divorce attorneys everywhere. Now you are up to speed. You are welcome.

Feeding Frenzy

Whenever someone who claims to be a “Christian”, pastor, or televangelist, (and celebrities alike), suffer a moral failure, the wolves viscously attack. The media has a field day when good men or woman fall. The sharks smell blood in the water and relentlessly attack. They show no mercy and that’s to be expected.

The enemy of God rejoices when a believer stumbles. It’s good for business. People now have another excuse for why they don’t believe in God. The word “hypocrite” gets tossed around a lot.

Here’s My Problem

Like I said, it’s to be expected that the media and the world will bash a Christian when they fail morally. The thing I take issue with, though, is when fellow believers take swings at a fallen brother or sister.

I’ve seen countless Facebook posts by self professing Christians, attacking Josh Duggar for his sins. Let me state I DO NOT condone his actions but it’s not my job to condemn him nor is it yours.

If you are still struggling with this concept, let’s see if Jesus can clarify things for you:

“Do not JUDGE, or you too will be JUDGE. For in the same way you JUDGE others, you will be JUDGED, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

Jesus does not stop there though. He has a knack for going straight to the heart of the matter. He reminds you that you are in no position to be casting judgment on others. He reminds you of all the sins you commit on a daily basis. Yeah, those sins. The ones you commit in secret that you think no one knows about because your heart has not been hacked and all your sins have not been exposed on the internet for the whole world to see.

Jesus has a status update for you

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You HYPOCRITE, first take the plank out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

God’s Job 

God is the only one qualified to condemn Josh or anyone else, including you and me. That should be good news to your ears because that means you don’t have to run around pointing out everyone’s sins and posting a bunch of negative statuses about it on Facebook.

This will also free up time for you to start reading your Bible. Then you will learn a lot of other cool things Jesus and many others wrote as to how we should live as a follower of Christ, like this lesson on slandering:

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks a brother or sister or JUDGES them speaks against the law and JUDGES it. When you JUDGE the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in JUDGMENT on it. There is only one Lawgiver and JUDGE, But you-who are you to JUDGE your neighbor? (James 4:11-12)

What If God Was Hacked?

The only reason our church friends think so highly of us is because God’s database of our unrepentant sins cannot be hacked. But what if it could? What if someone hacked into God’s database and released all your sins to the public?

The ones you committed this morning The thoughts you had about that scantily clad woman. The things you did last week with your boyfriend on your weekend getaway. The porn video you watched with your wife last night. The lies you’ve told at work.

What if your friends suddenly started posting all your sins and debating whether or not you really loved God? What if they attacked you viscously on their social media sites?

Would you be hurt? Would you lash out at them? Would you unfriend them?

Think about your sins and how you would feel if the whole world knew what only God knows about you. Think about what Paul said before you make that post or comment:

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass JUDGMENT on someone else, for at whatever point you JUDGE another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass JUDGMENT do the same things. Now we know that God’s JUDGMENT against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass JUDGMENT on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s JUDGMENT? (Romans 2:1-3)

Don’t Condemn Yourself

Don’t judge someone because they sin differently than you. Err on the side of mercy. We’ve all got too many skeletons in our closets that we don’t want God holding against us. We can’t afford to judge others for their sins and receive the same judgement from God for ours.

Next time you want to throw stones

Remember we all live in glass houses

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Comments
  1. you make some good points here, Rob. keep up the good work!

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