a nation of criminals

19 02 2008

Can you guess where I’m talking about?  Some might guess Australia, based on its history, but that’s not where I’m going with this.  I’m referring to the United States of America.  However, I don’t think this concept applies solely to America, because it’s human nature.  But I’m going to speak of what I’ve observed.

You may be thinking my claim is preposterous.  There are a lot of good people in America, and I can’t really argue with that.  But let’s look at this claim more closely.  What is the definition of a criminal?  “Someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime.”  Let’s also define crime : “An act committed or omitted in violation of a law forbidding or commanding it and for which punishment is imposed upon conviction; unlawful activity”.  So a crime is breaking the law, whether you get caught or not.  And a criminal is someone who has broken the law, regardless of whether they were convicted of it.

Now let’s look at some areas where many people have broken the law.  Copying someone’s copyrighted CD or MP3s that you did not pay for.  Copying / pirating computer software.  Intentionally not being 100 percent accurate with your taxes.  Breaking the speed limit.  Not stopping at stop signs.  (And “rolling stops” don’t count as stops; to judge them, consider if you would do that if a cop were watching.)  And the list could go on.

Now do you see my point?  Almost everyone is guilty of one of those things, if not more.  And I certainly didn’t list everything.  So what is my point?  That we’re not as “good” as we think we are.  Sure, most of us don’t do anything really bad, but breaking the law is still breaking the law, even if you don’t get caught and nobody is hurt by it.  How many times do you have to break the law to be a criminal?  Just once.  Think about it in terms of something we universally agree is wrong — murder.  If someone murders another person, they are considered a murderer, even if they are never caught and brought to justice.  Likewise it is with all laws — if you break it even once, you are guilty.

The concept is somewhat similar in regards to Christianity.  We’ve ALL broken some of God’s laws, so we’re all guilty.  And unlike the government, God sees everything we’ve ever done.  And besides the sins of commission where we do something wrong, there are sins of omission, where we don’t do something we are commanded to do.  We will all give an account of our life before God, and we will all be guilty.  And the punishment for our guilt is death.  Fortunately, Jesus has paid the price for us, if we will accept His sacrifice.  But accepting His sacrifice for us is more than just saying a sinner’s prayer and/or going to church; we have to live according to His terms, in a covenant with Him.  You’d better be sure you’re living according to the actual terms and conditions set forth in the Bible, and not just according to what someone told you or what seems right to you.  There are many self-proclaimed “Christians” these days, who are deceived about what it means to be “saved”.  Ignorance will not be a good defense, because we all have the resources for finding the Truth.

I hope that you take this seriously.  I know, some people will laugh at it and think religion is all man-made, but it’s worth the effort to find the real Truth.  The Truth is out there, and it is real, regardless of whether you want to believe it or not.  Fortunately, God wants us all to find the Truth, so if we will sincerely seek Him, we will find Him, and then we will know without a doubt, and our beliefs and future won’t be dependent on our rationalizations or what others have told us.

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