I’m aware that some of you might not be able to get past your own personal political biases about this illustration. As the late night comedians make jokes about real life, I like to take everyday things and things in the news and give you a modern day parable. It’s primarily what I do in my blog. So this headline today caught my attention: Clinton finally hands over server -- after it's professionally wiped clean!
I’m guessing most of you are aware that Hillary Clinton had her own private server. In case you don’t know what that means, think of it this way: Google has all your emails if you have gmail. Yahoo has all your emails if you have yahoo email. And so it goes. They have “servers” or computers that store all of your emails and information. If you commit a crime and there is evidence in your emails, the government can threaten Google to turn over your emails. Nobody had Hillary’s – not gmail, not the government, nobody. She had all her own on her own server. And she and her staff went through all of her emails and decided which ones to turn over to the government. The ones that the Clinton people thought weren’t pertinent, or were personal, they didn’t turn over to the government. The problem with this is that nobody knows what they “threw away”. Opponents argue that she and her people could have easily deleted anything that incriminated her. Her supporters argue that she wouldn’t do that. Months after the fact, she has turned over her server to the government. Her supporters say, “See, she had nothing to hide.” Those who are suspicious of her are claiming that she had the server professionally cleaned by computer experts so that nothing that was there is now recoverable. And that’s basically where it stands today.
Too many people rely on the “I’m going to clean this mess up myself” philosophy when it comes to God:
- I’m going to get my life straightened out so I can make myself acceptable to God.
- I’m going to do enough good things to overwhelm the little bit of bad that I’ve done.
And the truth is, you might be able to hide the evidence of your sin. We all try to hide the evidence of our sin. Society does and church people do. But hiding it does not destroy it. However, there is a way to destroy sin.
When you, by God’s grace, put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, when you ask Him to forgive you and cover you with His shed blood, and when you give your life to Him, your slate is wiped clean. All that you’ve ever done is forgiven and God holds it against you no more. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t still consequences from your actions. If you committed a crime, you may still go to jail. But in the eyes of God, you are forgiven and in His eyes there is no record of your wrong. Your “server” truly is professionally wiped clean.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9