The one thing that is evident among those who don’t believe in Christ Jesus is this.  Once you remove ethics, morality, and life after death; what we are left with is a fear of accountability.

Not responsibility but accountability as we live in a world that say “do what is right for you”.  When we do that it is never with the consequences on others in mind.  We even feel that no harm should be fall us as well.  All we want to do is “do you”.  No judgement,  no repercussions, no regrets, no guilt because we did it our way.

The biggest obstacle that threatens the euphoria of no accountability is Jesus Christ.  Once more, the fact that he is “high and lifted up” makes it worse.  This is due to the fact that we have to look up at the consequences of our sins.  The thought that Jesus is real; is not what scares us.  It’s the fact the he is God in the flesh and has died in our place for our sins.  That implies that there is accountability to be settled for those who mock him.  The acts of degradation of the true and living God must be accounted for.  If Christ is real, it makes everything else true.

But to fear accountability don’t you have to believe at least a little?  We are all aware of God, we have denied that truth and willingly exchanged that truth for a lie.

Romans 1
God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

A simple look through our history will give evidence to this.  The gods we choose to worship always relieves us of accountability all together or a way out of it.  We refuse to understand how far reaching its affects are.  Just as Adam‘s lack of responsibility poured his accountability on all of mankind.   I myself suffer from this and no one born in sin has not experienced it.  We wonder in the desert as God resets our affections on him.  As he removes our affections from his provisions.   Our repentance is so important as it shows that our focus is back.  It shows a desire for coming home, we prodigal sons and daughters.

Hebrews 6
11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

We cannot hope to have such an assurance when we can’t admit to error.  We can’t be sure if we act like we haven’t done any wrong.   We are like children in a foreign land dying from a common cold.  We are killing ourselves as we refuse to drink a simple glass of water.  All because by drinking we accept accountability for sins.  Even though saying you are a sinner will not put you on the cross, that has been taken cared of.  We turn up our nose like spoiled teenagers who reject wisdom.  Our way only seems right because we came up with it in our selfish finite minds.  Our arrogances will be our downfall.

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.

1 Peter 3

15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered  once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Christ was held accountable for our sins as he hung on the cross.  The Apostle Peter calls us to be accountable for our faith; saying “because ” is not enough.  If we are not imitating Christ we will be held accountable, so let us repent and reset as the Holy Spirit leads us out of the wilderness.

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