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History is Full of Sin

One of the temptations for some today is to take historical figures and make them into saints.  We either make people into saints or events into proofs of reverence.  For instance, I have seen books that seek to make the various Presidents (such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or Ronald Reagan) into Christians.  Some seek to make the founding fathers of the United States into saints.  Others take events such as the American holiday, Thanksgiving, into Christian holidays.  Christmas is taught as a Christian holiday with roots even found in the Bible.  Even some historians try to make Civil War people into saints from Robert E. Lee to Grant, from Jefferson Davis to Lincoln and to events such as the Emancipation Proclamation as Christian moments.

In reality, history is full of sinners.  Sinners sin.  In the history of the world, there has been only one perfect person, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus alone never sinned (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22).  Every other person born has sinned.  We are all guilty of sin whether it be a farmer living in present day Vietnam or a soldier who fought in the Civil War, we all are guilty before God.  There are no perfect people and history testifies to this fact.  From the barbarian acts of the Germans in World War II, the treatment of the people under communist rule in the former Soviet Union with their gulags, or to the treatment of the Indians by the white settlers here in the United States.  In fact, during World War II, Japan merely copied the plan of the whites in the United States in taking lands from the people of China and other southeast Asian nations.  The Japanese responded to American criticisms by pointing out the hypocrisy of the American government in their own treatment of the Indians and the Africans.  History is full of sin.

For the child of God, history shows us that despite the sinfulness of man, we see the sovereign hand of God.  God has not abandoned the world.  He is actively in control.  In the future, time will be no more and the Lord will reign forever and ever.  The history of Germany, England, France, Sudan, or India will not matter in eternity.  The people will.  The plan of God is to save all who call upon His name (Romans 10:13).  The gospel is to be preached to all people (Mark 16:15-16).  The gospel is able to deliver sinful people whether they be sinful people living in Kansas City or sinful people living in Moscow.  Paul wrote that Jesus came to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).  Jesus Himself said this was His mission, to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).  We should not view people living in the United States or South Africa different from the poor sinners living in Iran or Haiti.  All people need the gospel.  None can be saved without the gospel.  Religion does not save.  Works do not save.  Being a “good” person does not save (Romans 3:23).  Only Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross saves.  There is no hope for salvation apart from the grace of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 10:1-4).  This is why we must preach to all (Matthew 28:19) and to pray for all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:1-6).

I pray that you and I would do as much as we can for the lost.  Pray.  Give.  Evangelize.  Pass out gospel tracts.  Preach the gospel.  Share Jesus one-on-one.  You only have this one time on this planet and then you are dead and will stand before God (Hebrews 9:27-28).  Now is the time to be active in preaching the gospel.  The gospel, and not our heritage, will save sinners (John 3:13-18).  Now is the time for the Church to preach the gospel and allow the Holy Spirit to draw sinners to the Savior (John 6:44; 16:8-11).

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/13/2013 at 4:29 PM

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