Universal Guilt or Moral Luck?

1452238_228500383986737_256613341_n.pngThere are two people driving cars, Driver A, and Driver B. They are alike in every way. Driver A is driving down a road, and, in a moment of inattention, runs a red light as a child is crossing the street. Driver A slams the brakes, swerves, in short does everything to try to avoid hitting the child – alas, the car hits and kills the child. Driver B, in the meantime, also runs a red light but, since no one is crossing, gets a traffic ticket but nothing more.

A bystander would naturally conclude that Driver A is more guilty than Drive B. Why? Because Driver A’s action resulted in the death of a child and Driver B’s action only resulted in a ticket.

Can we use this logic with God? Let’s use another scenario.

Child A lives in Africa. He is dirt-poor and goes days without even a bite of food. Clean water? He’s heard about it, but never has seen it or enjoyed it. He is rifling around in a garbage dump looking for food and notices a worker sitting on a bench ready to eat his lunch. He then notices the worker gets called away and leaves his lunch unattended. The boy hasn’t eaten in a week now and needs food to survive. He races over and grabs the lunch and runs away.

Child B lives in a rich neighborhood and has never experienced need or lack. He gets hundreds of dollars a week for allowance and has every conceivable toy one can think of. He wants a new game for his XBox at home, and sees it sitting on a counter in a store. He knows he can just buy it, but decides if he can steal it, then he doesn’t have to use his money. The boy looks this way and that, and when his opportunity arises, he grabs it and runs.

According to your morality and ethics, which one is “more” guilty? If you were a judge and had to convict one or the other, which one would you pick?

According to God, both are equally guilty. Both are thieves and deserves the same judgment. According to society, most people would have shown the little starving African boy mercy and compassion and would have thrown the book at the spoiled rich kid.

This is where the fallacy of “I’m good” has come from. I’m better than that guy over there. I’m better than that crummy Muslim who kills innocent by-standers. I’m better than Charles Manson, Adolf Hitler…

We tend to measure ourselves by other people. We see someone get convicted of murder when many times we have played out murders in our minds. We hear about a pastor who is caught in the throws of passion with another woman and we shake our heads and wag our tongues, yet how many of us are guilty of adultery in our hearts?

You see, this is why ALL OF US need to repent. This is why all of us need to come to God and confess our sins and repent of our rebellion against His holy Law. All mankind is guilty before God (Romans 3).

All mankind must give account of their sin before God whether they are rich or poor, destitute and naked or lavishly attired and well to-do.

No man can escape the judgment of God and on Judgement Day, that little African boy will be hurled into hell with as much conviction as the rich kid.

This is why we cannot turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the Law of God. We cannot hit the snooze button on our consciences any longer. We must understand that we are just as liable to die at any moment as the starving child is. Nothing you do, say or think can prolong your days on this earth…NOTHING.

Scary thoughts, eh? Don’t allow another moment to go by before you take this post seriously and think about the implications of your morality in light of the holy standard of God, who awaits you on THAT Day.


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