The Scary Facts

     Halloween is just a few days away and I’m sure all the kids are getting their costumes ready and their taste buds prepared.  Halloween is supposed to be the “scary” holiday. Horror movies, haunted houses, haunted corn mazes, goblins, skeletons, and so many other traditions are meant to keep the fear alive. While Halloween is meant to scare us for one day, there are some other scary facts that I want you to be aware of that haunt us every day.

     Fact #1: All of us are sinners. Paul tells the Roman church that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It doesn’t matter how good we’ve been or how perfect we think we are, we’ve all sinned. A lot of people do not like to admit that about themselves. We like to think that we are flawless and perfect. We like to think we can do no wrong. We like to think we are the model citizens and everyone should become more like us. But the fact is we’ve all sinned. We all have messed up. We aren’t perfect. We all do things wrong.

     Fact #2: There are consequences for sin. Many people love to act before they think. Parents teach their children to think of the consequences before they decide to go ahead with the action. I think it’s time adults start taking that advice as well. For every action we make during our lives, there are consequences. We may not see the consequences immediately, but they’re there. Again, Paul warns the Romans that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). When was the last time you thought to yourself “If I go ahead with this sin, my consequence is death”? You’ve probably never thought of death as a consequence, but it is. You may not see it immediately, but if we continue to live in sin, we will be facing an eternal death as a consequence.

     Fact#3: There is a hope! Now, that’s not so scary, right? Let’s face it, we all sin. That means we all will die. What if I told you that you wouldn’t have to die? Paul reminds the Romans that “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). When we are baptized for the forgiveness of our sins, Jesus takes away our consequences. When we live our lives for Jesus instead of for ourselves, Jesus gives us eternal life. We have hope. We don’t have to live life in fear of eternal death, but instead with anticipation of being with Jesus for eternity.

~ Kevin