John 3:18-21 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
The current narrative circling man is the idea that simply because we have done something bad, it does not mean that we ARE bad. Surely, we’ve made a mistake, and surely it was wrong but that does not affect our standing in morality.
The light came into the world, but people loved the darkness.
Everyone who does wicked things hates the light. This open ended statement does not create and qualifiers or quantifiers for wicked things; it simply says everyone who does wicked things hates the light.
We don’t want the light because the light is exposing. It doesn’t just expose our sin to the world, it exposes our sin to God.
The one entity who could rightly judge and punish, and He already knows your sin. He already sees your sin.
Instead of coming out into the light with our sins, we convince ourselves that our sins is permissible and we flaunt our debauchery to the world. We have convinced ourselves that our self expression is simply how we are, and that if God made us then He ought to be happy with our pure expression of self.
No. You emulate your first father Adam in your depravity and make yourself god when you qualify one thing as wicked, and one thing as moral. You shift and smear the words of the one you claim to be your savior.
“But how am I to express myself?”
Do you not know that this body and nature you have been given have been tainted by sin from that first bite of the fruit? (Romans 5:12)
So what are we to do if our nature is one of sin and evil?
Pursue God and His Holiness (Matthew 6:33). Emulate the image of Christ on the cross (Matthew 16:24-26). Join Him in His suffering and know Him (Phil 3:10). Wait eagerly for the redemption of your body (Romans 8:25). Grow in Christ likeness.
God loves us, but our wickedness testifies that we hate Him.
So make His great name known. Strive forward in His name, and by His blood. Live in His grace and by His grace. Walk in holiness. Love the unlovable. Forgive those who have wronged you. Deny yourselves.
You were bought at a price: act accordingly.