Last week I got to chat with a Colorado police officer after seeing his swirling blue lights in my rear-view mirror. He clocked me going 50mph in a 35. The worst part? I could see the 65mph sign just a little further down the road.
I could blame the rental car company because they set ‘set me up’ with a 2022 cherry red Ford Mustang. I could blame this little Colorado town because it felt like a speed trap. I could even blame the police department, since it was the end of the month and I’m wondering if quotas were being made.
The reality was I was in the wrong. I was speeding. It was me. Not the car and certainly not the rental agency, the speed trap, or a potential quota.
It’s easy to blame someone else when we’re in the wrong with a traffic infraction. The same is true with sin. We can justify sinful behavior in ourselves, when in reality we’re really in the wrong.
In the speeding ticket scenario, I was wrong…and likely I deserve way more speeding tickets than I actually receive. Why? Because I’m not caught by a cop every time I speed.
Yet, God sees every sin. Every day. And the reality is that we are essentially “caught” each time.
Isaiah 1:1-8 tells us about how God sees the persistence of sinful people rebelling against Him. The Bible also discusses how God acknowledges that we are a broken people who may be generally good at heart, but must be rejected because of our sinful nature. Several chapters to the right we find that the New Testament offers us salvation through Christ on the cross. Our sinful nature should get us immediately rejected. Instead it is forgiven when we accept Jesus as our Savior.
Sin is sin to our Father. But sin is forgiven by the act of Christ’s crucifixion and our acceptance of that gift.
While we deserve the flashing lights and issued ticket for each and every one of our sins, God has provided a path towards salvation through grace to cover each of those infractions.