I remember back during the Vietnam War when American soldiers said, “Kill a Gook for God.” But typically, God is not on anybody’s side during war. So, God is also not on the side of terrorists when they behead their enemies. And God was not on the side of Crusaders who tortured their enemies or witch hunters in Salem.
Perhaps these represent extreme fundamentalist activities, but moderate religious adherents also are sinners. We are all different kinds of sinners. But when we justify our sins as acting under God’s direction, we are going down the wrong path. When we rationalize our acts as God’s servants, we are headed through the wrong gate.
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.
I see many church-going citizens on Sunday mornings with a pious look on their faces. But I see these same citizens later that evening at bars, hitting on women and looking for love in all the wrong places. It seems that many believers think that the road to God is a wide road that accepts all sinners, no matter how many times they have sinned. Jesus clearly stated that it is a very narrow path with only a few finding it.
If Jesus died for our sins, why do we have to worry about our sins at all? All our past and future sins were or will be erased since Jesus paid our sin debt in full, right? Well, that answer is not as clear as you might think. Believing in Jesus as your savior may get you to first base, but it doesn’t get you down the narrow baseline from second and third base and finally to God’s Home.
Free will without consequences would be quite absurd. We, as sinners, prefer to believe that consequences are for the other sinners. That is not even logical. The Bible is very clear about a judgment day, which will examine our deeds and misdeeds during our sinful lives. “The dead were judged according to what they had done…” Revelation 20:12.
So, let’s cut through the Holy Crap and get down to the bottom line, which is getting to Home plate. Since we all will be judged, it is important to minimize your sinning. You should not justify or rationalize your sins. You should not expect God to forget your sins. But you should avoid sinning at all costs. Because sinning will cost you more than you can imagine.
How do we find the narrow path that Jesus indicated only a few would find? First, drop the holy crap! We need to accept our sinful nature and our past failures and allow God into our hearts. It is only when we become one with God that we can successfully turn ourselves around. Unification with God leads to the narrow path. It will be a very difficult path and journey, but you have no chance without the Heavenly pathfinder.