Owning up

This past weekend Lebron James was ticketed for driving 103 mph in a 65 mph zone. James' lawyer has entered a "not guilty" plea on behalf of his client. Not guilty? Not guilty of what, going warp speed?

A man is arrested for drunk driving and he pleads not guilty. A woman abuses her kids leaving bruises and scars and she pleads not guilty. A psycho brutally murders several people and he pleads not guilty. Can someone please explain to me why people who are caught red-handed with a full deck of evidence against them can plead not guilty and still sleep at night?

I have nothing against Lebron James. In fact, I love watching him play basketball. But how in the world does he believe he isn't guilty? What type of automotive malfunction could have caused his foot to press the pedal way down so that he was running triple digits? Why can't people admit that they are guilty of a crime that we know they committed?

There seems to be such a lack of accountability in our world. No one wants to own up to what they've done and I honestly wouldn't want to spend time in jail either. But I've got a good solution for the jail dilemma - don't break the law! And if you do break the law, suck it up and own up to what you've done. True, you may find a slick lawyer to get you off via deception, but more likely than not your crime will find you out.

Isn't this what Paul meant in Galatians 6:7 when he wrote that you will reap what you sow, i.e. your sin will find you out? You can't put one past God. The infinite Creator of the universe is certainly not going to have one pulled over on Him by you or me. You can't hide what you do, but you can come clean.

Edgar Allen Poe had the tell-tale heart that forced his character to confess his sin. Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives so that we are man and woman enough to admit we are wrong and confess our sins? Or are we going to plead not guilty hoping that maybe we can get away with our offensive lifestyles?

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