“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-8 (ESV)
Yesterday I wrote about the first section of God’s self-description in which He emphasizes His mercy, grace, and love that exists to readily forgive our iniquity and sin. However, there is a second part of this self-description that is not so positive. God finishes His self-description by making it clear that those who do not turn to Him for forgiveness will be found guilty of their sin.
Payment for sin must ultimately be made.
Through the additional revelation of Jesus Christ, we know that there are two options for that payment for sin. We can appropriate the payment for sin that Jesus made when He allowed Himself to be sacrificed on the cross by placing our faith and trust in Him. Or we can make the payment ourselves…through our own death and destruction.
There is no third option.
As our world becomes more secular, it is adopting the view that there is no such thing as sin because there is no God. Therefore, how a person lives their life has no eternal ramifications because there is no eternity. Our patients and colleagues are increasingly abandoning the absolute truth of God for a relativistic worldview.
God’s self-description is not relativistic…it is absolute and clear. Turn to him and receive forgiveness for your sins, or pay the price yourself.
Getting this message across to our patients and colleagues becomes more difficult and unpopular as the world moves toward relativity and godlessness. Remember… the Scripture even predicts this.
As Christian healthcare professionals, we are called to simply be witnesses to the divine truth that God will judge all sin but at the same time has provided salvation for us all through Jesus Christ.
Our responsibility is to proclaim that message through words and deeds. Our message may be rejected, but if given in love, we have obeyed the One who made us.
Prayer- Lord, help me share Your Gospel as I practice medicine in this increasingly secular and relativistic world.