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But I Can Explain!

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As we approached the Christmas holiday a few years ago my daughter in-law posted on her FaceBook status the following: "Dear Santa, I can explain!"
Yea, she's ornery. Obviously the post was a joke and, in my opinion was quite funny. I laughed pretty hard.  In reality however, this is basically what we propose before God on a regular basis. Somehow we seem to think that there are extenuating circumstances, or an otherwise 'reasonable explanation' for our sin and disobedience. In effect, our actions and attitude toward sin are a declaration, "But Lord, I can explain!" The problem is - we cannot. There is no explanation; there is no excuse. Famed evangelist Billy Sunday said, "An excuse is the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie."
The truth of this is clearly demonstrated throughout history, beginning in the Garden of Eden. What was Adam's response when the Lord confronts him with his sin? It was to blame his wife. "And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." (Gen 3:12) He was basically saying, "But Lord, I can explain!" This pattern of trying to convince God that we have a unique and acceptable set of circumstances thereby lessening the import of our sin is repeated through the ages right down to our own day.
Our thinking toward sin has to change. It's the ugliest, most horrid thing God has ever seen! So much so that sin, any sin, separates us from God - eternally! For this reason, the Father sent His only Son to take our sin upon Himself, bear our punishment in His own flesh, and provide the only sacrifice acceptable to God through His own blood. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2Co 5:21). "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (Joh 3:16).
Even for the Christian sin has devastating consequence for it results in breaking fellowship with the Father - always. No extenuating circumstances, no excuses.
But don't get discouraged! In fact take heart. Why? Because while it's true there is no softening the consequence of sin... the good news is God is willing, very willing, to forgive and forget our sin! No matter whom you are or what you've done, God loves you and wants to enter into a permanent (think eternal here) relationship with you. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:" (Isa 1:18-19)
Life on the go has its own challenges. Whether you travel for recreation or career - as a retiree, salesperson, corporate officer, or in one of the many roles within the transportation industry the temptation to sin is ever present. Try as you may, you will never successfully make excuse for or lessen the seriousness of sin. "But Lord, I can explain!"  cannot succeed. God is not interested in your explanation as He knows perfectly the 'whys & wherefores' of your situation. What He is interested in is your humble confession and godly sorrow. With this, He will forgive. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1Jn 1:9).
This simple but profound message of hope is something that can vastly improve your life 'on the go'. Furthermore, it is a message others desperately need to hear. They can, when you and I commit ourselves to the Lord and to an 'On The Go Ministry', ready always to share the love of Christ.

~Larry Schoonover
(Originally posted on Facebook on 9/29/2013)

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