“ Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. “Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”. Luke 13:1-5
This was one the first scriptures I was given by to study by Pastor Mark Roberts when I first became a Christian. As a new believer I didn’t realize how it was speaking to me of my attitude and life. You see one of my greatest arguments for NOT becoming a Christian was the actions and attitudes I felt ‘Christians’ were portraying. The way “they” would say ‘Jesus is Lord’ on Sunday and steal from their boss, foreclose on the poor widow woman, beat their wife or drive like they owned the road on Monday,
To my way of thinking, the worlds way of thinking If Jesus REALLY was the Son of God then why did they act like they acted. Why would I EVER want to be associated with a bunch of hypocrites and liars.
My choice, decision was being made by the actions of others NOT BY ME! In no other area of my life would I have allowed others to choose for me, but here I did.
See this scripture is really simple, when you kneel before Christ, and you WILL kneel before Him you will give account for YOUR actions and choices alone. You will not be able to say “but what about them”?, “but they”, or “I am better than they are”. YOU ARE NOT CONDEMNED BY THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS, YOU ARE CONDEMNED BY YOURS’. See God judges each man by his own actions and words: Ezekiel 24:14, Romans 2:5-11, Matthew 12:33-37.
By the same token your are not a Christian because you go to church, were born in America, have a brother or father who are Pastors. Your salvation is dependent upon YOU coming to the foot of the cross and acknowledging (Romans 10:9) that you are a sinner and worthy of eternal condemnation (Romans 3:23). Acknowledging that Jesus died the death that you deserved and has given YOU ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH ACCEPTING His work on the Cross (Romans 10:13, Matthew 16:16)