2001-11-20 - Hitting Replay
Psalm 19:13 Also keep Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not rule over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
Yesterday I was sent over 800 emails in less than 15 minutes. I guess it is policy, but AOL closed my account. It took seven phone calls, but eventually I got my account up and running again. Having to call seven times meant I got to know the introductory message at the beginning of the AOL message which comes on before you reach an operator. One of the things it tells you is that the conversation is being recorded. What AOL initially failed to realize was that I was recording them also. Well, not me, but a security agency was recording them. When they figured it out, they were none too pleased.
I work in the field of private security and recording phone calls is simply part of what needs to be done where I work and live. It amazed me how upset AOL was that they were being recorded. When I called back they somehow knew that I was calling from the same line and refused to speak with me. I had to call back on a line that is not tapped. So much for the story, but there is something to learn here. As I went to bed I was reminded of a theological debate that has been in the church for many years. The debate is over whether our sins will be made known in heaven. It has been defined as, "Will the sins of the righteous be published in heaven?" If Christ has forgiven us, the argument goes, and moved our sins from us as far as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12), then why should our sins be made known?
I have always, even from a kid, thought of a video screen in heaven playing out my life for all to see. I doubt this will really happen because I expect many surprises in heaven, but I think that this is a helpful way to think because there is some accountability inherent in such a concept. I don't know, and frankly from Scripture I can't figure out if our lives will be replayed like a recording in heaven. However, I do wish to live my life as if everything will become known. There is accountability in this and accountability is always a good thing.
The key, I think, is whether we are growing in Christ. We all have a past, but Christ is able to forgive our past. We march forward as servants of Christ, leaving behind what is done and seeking to live in faithfulness to Christ. If our sins are published there is nothing we can do about it but seek to make it less of an embarrassment by living faithfully to our Lord. This is our task while here on earth. We have eternity to face, but here we only have a few years and those years are years that we ought to be "sold out" for the Lord Jesus Christ, serving Him to the best of our ability. May the Lord raise up many who are conscience of their call to faithfulness to Jesus Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria,